Principal Bob Groff said since Active Learning Elementary School, or P.S. 244, in Flushing, NY, started serving vegetarian fare for breakfast and lunch earlier this year, student health has shown an all-around improvement.
The percentage of students classified as obese and overweight dropped by 2 percent in one semester, it was reported in WNYC.
Goff also said the students' focus is improved and their energy levels are more balanced, without the after-lunch crash common before the dietary change.
As discussed in this previous blog post the school decided to make the switch when they started to offer more vegetarian meals and noticed that students gravitated towards those selections. According to this article research suggest that when schools offer healthy food options, "students will select them, eat them, and improve their diet." The case of PS 244 provides amble support for this observation.
Since the body and mind are so closely interlinked, PS 244 has shown that educating the mind as well as caring for the body through proper nutrition will help students achieve their full potential and gets high marks for the effort!