Solid Rock cares about the health of our students and the sustainability of our planet. In cooperation with the Coalition of Healthy School Food, Healing America, and Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Solid Rock Community School has established an initiative called “Eat More Plants and Save the Planet.
Based on SRCS’s commitment to sustainability, improved health and wellness, and cooking with compassion we are moving towards a chef inspired daily fresh cooked plant-based menu. We want our students to eat fresh healthy great tasting food and to be aware of how diet affects them personally and our entire planet! It’s a work in progress but it is in progress- details will follow as they are available.
Currently we have begun to offer fresh pressed juice and thick icy smoothies every day at lunch time. The juices are made from fresh fruit and veggies only and the smoothies contain fruits, veggies, plant milks and super foods (cacao, flax, chia, hemp…). Both are full of healthy nutrients and taste great.
- A plant based diet is the most efficient way to reduce our impact on the environment and protect our planet from pollution and CO2.
- Factory farming is a leading cause in our environments destruction and by eating more plants we can have a positive effect on our world.
- A plant-based diet is medically proven to offer the greatest health benefits by preventing and treating disease. Having a plant-based menu at school will assure every child receives healthy fresh great tasting foods during the school day.
- 50% of children between the ages of 2 – 15 have fatty streaks in their arteries, literally the beginning stages of heart disease.~ Bogalusa Heart Study
- 33% of children born in 2000 will develop type 2 diabetes at some point in their lives. For African Americans and Latinos, the numbers rise to a frightening 40 – 53%. This means more blindness, amputations, kidney dialysis, heart disease, poor quality of life, and early death. ~ Center for Disease Control
- 35% of all cancer deaths are caused by diet (and 33% are caused by tobacco). We already have the solution to 68% of cancer deaths – and it is called prevention. ~ Doll and Peto, Journal of the National Cancer Institute ~ American Cancer Society
- 1 hotdog or 2 slices of bologna a week are enough to increase colorectal cancer risk by 30 – 50% in adult women, and children are more susceptible to carcinogens than adults. ~ American Cancer Society, News Center: Eating Lots of Red Meat Linked to Colon Cancer
- The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization 2006 report “Livestock’s Long Shadow” states that raising animals for food causes more global warming than all transportation combined, causing 18% of all global warming. The newest report on global warming and animal product consumption by the World Bank, Livestock and Climate Change: What if the Key Actors in Climate Change Are… Cows, Pigs, and Chickens? released in November 2009, states that previous figures were severely underestimated and that the production of animals and their products for food contributes to a whooping 51% of global warming. A plant based diet has the smallest environmental footprint.
This data and much much more is why SRCS, like other schools (and people) in the country, are making the change to a plant-based menu. We realize that many students will not have the opportunity to eat fresh healthy foods at home and if even only consumed at school we want all students to have that opportunity for part of the day.
The menu items will include all of the student favorites like pizza, taco’s, burgers, pasta, soups, salads, and more. By offering a plant-based menu at school, SRCS is increasing awareness of health, showing compassion for animals and our planet, and reducing the carbon footprint our school and families leave on our world. We are excited to be moving our school in this positive direction!
“I am quite pleased that Solid Rock Community School is educating their students and families about healthier food options as the school moves towards implementing a whole-foods-plant-based menu for its students. Nothing can better protect and heal our children than teaching them healthy ways to eat. As parents and children become familiar with whole-foods-plant-based eating they will begin to experience all of the positive benefits which include control of obesity and the development of various diseases which normally appear among adults but which are increasing among younger and younger individuals. I sincerely encourage and support Mrs. Michele Fasnacht in her efforts to bring awareness and education to her families about the whole-foods-plant-based diet….It is great to see her using her platform to help people change the cycle of old unhealthy habits to create new healthy ones. It is especially gratifying when offered to young people”.
Colin Campbell, PhD
Jacob Gould Schulman Professor
Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry
T Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies
“The plant-based lunch menu is something that more and more schools are exploring as research shows that most American’s are eating way too much meat, dairy, and processed foods. As a result, 50% of children between the ages of 2 – 15 already have fatty streaks in their arteries. This is literally early stage heart disease. Children as young as eight years old are being prescribed cholesterol and blood pressure lowering medications. These drugs have very serious side effects and the need for them is completely preventable. In relation to type 2 diabetes, 33% of all children in the US, and 40 – 53% of Latino and African American children will get type 2 diabetes at some point in their lives – with the possibility of all that can come with it – blindness, kidney dialysis, amputations, and higher risk for heart disease. Regarding cancer, at least 35% of cancers are caused by diet, and we know that red meat causes cancer, the most carcinogenic type being processed meats: hot dogs, bacon, sausage, pepperoni, salami, ham and deli meats. Just one hot dog per week dramatically increases cancer risk.
Eating more whole plant foods is no longer “extreme” or something “hippies” do. It is mainstream and more and more doctors, dietitians, and health insurance companies are recommending it. For example, the former president of the American College of Cardiology, Kim Williams, MD, said that all cardiologists should be recommending a plant-based diet to help their patients reverse their disease. And one of the largest health insurance companies in the country, Kaiser Permanente, with more than 9 million members, is suggesting this to their physicians: “physicians looking for cost-effective interventions to improve health outcomes are becoming more involved in helping their patients adopt healthier lifestyles. Healthy eating may be best achieved with a plant-based diet, which we define as a regimen that encourages whole, plant-based foods and discourages meats, dairy products, and eggs as well as all refined and processed foods.” The food industry has purposely made their foods addictive, with just the right amount of sugar, salt, and fat that makes their foods irresistible considered “the bliss point”. While some of us may struggle to eat more in line with what we know is healthy, we all want the best for our children – and getting more exposure to plant-based foods at school, and expanding children’s culinary palates – is a great way to start. ”
Executive Director, Coalition for Healthy School Food
PlantPure, Inc. launched its national Healing America Campaign to communicate a wholistic perspective on diet and lifestyle centered on the message of plant-based nutrition. It is wonderful to see leaders like Michele Fasnacht, Director of Solid Rock Community School, embrace these ideas to educate school families and students.
We fully support the Solid Rock Community School initiative, “Eat More Plants and Save the Planet,” to raise awareness about the environment, animal agriculture, and a whole food, plant-based diet and how they are all connected. We are happy and encouraged to have SRCS as part of the Healing America movement.
President, PlantPure, Inc.
Founder, PlantPure Communities, Inc
“Many people assume the diseases that kill us are pre-programmed into our genes. High blood pressure by 55, heart attacks at 60, maybe cancer at 70, and so on… But for most of the leading causes of death, our genes usually account for only 10-20 per cent of risk.
The typical Western diet is the number-one cause of premature death and the number-one cause of disability. In other words, a long and healthy life is largely a matter of choice. A plant-based diet is like a one-stop shop against chronic diseases.”
Michael Greger, M.D.
Physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues.