By Dr. Marciene Mattleman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Organic roasted tofu, braised black beans – not unusual items on a health food menu, but a school lunch? So begins a blog in Education Week, describing some of the offerings at PS 244, an elementary school in Queens, New York.READ MORE: Man Killed In Road Rage Shooting In Springfield Identified, Authorities Say
Author Gina Carney reports that the school is the first to change to an all vegetarian menu and benefits have been reported beyond physical health, although the switch was made as recently as January.READ MORE: Crime Without Punishment: Homicide Clearance Rates Are Dropping In Philadelphia As Murder Rates Skyrocket
After only one semester, school attendance and energy levels have improved, attention spans are longer and according to principal Bob Groff, kids classified as obese dropped 2%. While the relationship can’t be positively attributed to the diet, academic performance has increased.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia's Newest Mural 'Enter Stage Right' To Be Formally Dedicate At Kimmel Center
Although there’s concern that some “picky eaters” may not be getting enough nutrients, in all, the news should encourage other schools to risk healthy changes initially not popular with the kids.