US Congress Proposes Bill That Would Make Pizza Sauce a Vegetable

US Congress Proposes Bill That Would Make Pizza Sauce a Vegetable

Leading Youth Fitness Franchise “Athletic Revolution” Responds

Congress recently unveiled a new bill which includes language that will allow a serving of pizza to be considered a vegetable if spread with two tablespoons of tomato paste.

The bill would deny funding to the new school meal nutrition standards that were proposed earlier this year by the USDA. Those standards include increasing the availability of fruits and vegetables on the school lunch menu while limiting the availability of high sodium items and starchy vegetables such as potatoes.

According to a statement from Margo Wootan, the Nutrition Policy Director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, “This legislation may go down in nutritional history as a bigger blunder than when the Reagan Administration tried (but failed) to credit ketchup as a vegetable in the school lunch program. Pizza should be served with a vegetable, not count as one.”

The bill comes in response to heavy lobbying campaigns from large food corporations that wanted to fight the proposed USDA standards.

“Although many people are outraged by the bill, this does not surprise me,” said Timothy Ward, Vice President of Operations for Athletic Revolution International, the fastest growing youth fitness franchise organization in the country.

“What we have to realize is that businesses are always going to try and protect their own revenue streams. It is up to us as responsible adults to empower our kids to make healthy food choices. We have the power to change lives regardless of what the government decides to do.”

Athletic Revolution empowers its franchisees to take an active leadership role in their communities. As such, franchisees have the ability to educate young athletes and their parents on all sorts of topics pertaining to youth wellness. This includes fitness and nutrition information.

“While we hope that our elected officials keep our kids’ best interests in mind, we have little practical influence over the federal government. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have a BIG impact in our local communities,” said Ward.

And it’s true. What kind of vegetables did you serve your kids at dinner last night? When was the last time you enjoyed participating in free play with your kids at the local park? If you aren’t ashamed to answer those questions, your kids are probably happy and healthy.

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