What do we mean when we discuss eating a whole food plant-based (WFPB) diet? To put it in the simplest of terms, we mean following a dietary pattern that focuses on eating plants in as close to their natural “as grown” condition as possible. It’s a dietary pattern proven to promote health at ALL stages of life from infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and the elderly. It includes fruit, starchy and non-starchy vegetables, whole grains, beans, legumes, pulses, herbs and spices, nuts and seeds, each of which is unprocessed or minimally processed and without the need for added “chemicals”. It’s a lifestyle that does not include eating animal parts or products, which means it excludes things like meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, eggs, butter, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc.
There is no better gift we can give our kids than a healthy future, and we can enlist the help of our schools! Join us to help Be the Change we want for our kids!
Beginning with the 2023-2024 academic year, Illinois K-12 students will find plant-based meals such as grain bowls and veggie burgers offered for lunch alongside the ubiquitous chicken nuggets, tacos, and pizza.
Illinois House Bill 4089, sponsored by Chicago state representative Cyril Nichols and Peoria state senator Dave Koehler and signed into law by Governor J.B. Pritzker, requires school districts to accommodate pupils who request plant-based or religious dietary-restricted options.
If you are a parent or caregiver and you want your child to have plant-based breakfasts or lunches, please be sure to notify your child’s school administrators as soon as possible to ensure that they have the capacity to supply the meals of choice.
PBNM is thrilled and honored to be partnering with PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) and the Coalition for Healthy School Food to help facilitate the implementation of the Illinois law, already in effect, designed to improve the health quality of the foods our children are fed in Illinois Schools.
Read more about this initiative here.
Learn more about the plant-based nutrition movement
Thank You to Our Sponsor –
Healthy & Happy Living
Local, small business, Healthy & Happy Living, has selected PBNM as their not-for-profit organization to support. Each Saladmaster | Healthy & Happy Living dinner and cookware presentation will earn a donation to PBNM.
During the presentation, guests will learn how to retain nutrients, reduce toxicity and learn how to make delicious, healthy plant-based meals in a fraction of the time. Guests can enjoy the interactive dinner at their own homes or at the HHL’s Healthy Kitchen in Schaumburg.