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May 19, 2014

Actress Daniella Monet Kicks off Houston Independent School District’s “Lean & Green” Mondays


Actress Daniella Monet will visit students at Gregory Lincoln Education Center on Monday to kick off Houston Independent School District’s healthier eating campaign, “Lean & Green Day.” Monet will unveil a poster and video ad campaign encouraging fans to eat meat-free at least one day a week to become healthier and to help animals and the environment.

Best known for her role as Trina Vega on Nickelodeon’s Victorious, and red carpet host of The Kids Choice Awards, the 25-year-old actress, singer, dancer and  longtime vegetarian will be joining students for lunch, taking a tour of the school’s garden and speaking in a culinary class about the benefits of enjoying more plant-based meals.

Daniella said: “Simply taking a holiday from meat one day a week—and enjoying more delicious vegetarian meals—is a fun and super easy way to help animals, it will also help you look and feel better!”

The HSUS advocates compassionate eating – or the Three Rs: “reducing” or “replacing” consumption of animal products, and “refining” diets by choosing products from sources that adhere to higher animal welfare standards.

HISD Food Services’ Nutrition Manager Amanda Oceguera said: “By reducing consumption of meat, we can reduce our risk of chronic preventable diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and cancer. We’re excited for Daniella to join us to help get students excited about eating more meat-free meals.”

Daniella joins many other compassionate celebrities who support The HSUS including Laura Marano, Paul Wesley, Kesha, Katy Perry, Bella Thorne, Ian Somerhalder, Kristen Bell and Kaley Cuoco.

For more information, visit humanesociety.org/meatlessmonday.


BACKGROUND:

  • Eating meatless on Mondays, now an international movement, was created by the U.S. government as a resource-saving measure during World War I. In 2003, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health re-launched the effort with The Monday Campaigns to promote replacing meat one day a week for our health and the health of the planet. Some of the nation’s largest school districts, including Los Angeles, Detroit, Buffalo, San Diego, and many more, participate.
  • High levels of meat consumption cause inhumane practices in industrial factory farms and push small family farmers out of business. Eating less meat is better for animals, creates less waste and pollution and places more value on humane and sustainable agriculture, which benefits family farmers and generating income for rural communities.

 

Media Contact: Samantha Miller: smiller@humanesociety.org; 301-258-1417
On-Site Contact: Amber Morasse: amorasse@humanesociety.org; 760-519-9618

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