The Santa Barabara Unified School District\u00a0has just become the first school district in the United States to ban processed meats from all lunch menus. The Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) reports that the update to Santa Barabara Unified School District's (SBUSD) school lunch menu means that processed meats such as hot dogs, pepperoni, bacon, and cold cuts will no longer be served in cafeterias in a bid to protect student health. "SBUSD is committed to serving our students nutritious foods that will help them learn and grow,"\u00a0said SBUSB food service director Nancy Weiss. "It\u2019s the right thing to do to ensure that our students are getting the highest-quality food. There\u2019s no room for carcinogens on the lunch line." View this post on Instagram Sloppy Joes made with Hungry Planet Beef -nothing sloppy about those. ??#hungryplanetbeef #meatlessmonday #plantbased #meatless . . . #madebychefsforchefs #madebychefs #sloppyjoes #vegansandwich #plantprotein #veganfood A post shared by Hungry Planet (@hungryplanetfoods) on Sep 10, 2018 at 7:21am PDT Weiss, who began her role as food service director in 2007 after running a farm-to-table restaurant for several years, has helped SBUSD\u00a0to adopt healthy\u00a0new school lunches. When she first took over, the district had partnerships with fast-food\u00a0restaurants like McDonald's and Taco Bell. Today, the SBUSD offers students a cooked-from-scratch menu featuring local, organic produce as well as daily vegan\u00a0and vegetarian options, which became official last January. Today, nearly 50 percent of the daily cafeteria meals are vegan and, often times, the options featuring\u00a0plant-based meat from local brand Hungry Planet\u00a0sell out. "SBUSD has long been a leader when it comes to serving healthy school food and nutrition education,"\u00a0said PCRM dietitian Maggie Neola, R.D.\u00a0"Removing processed meat from the menu and focusing on plant-based alternatives will not only help to reduce students\u2019 cancer risk, but it will also reduce their heart disease, obesity, and diabetes risk in the future and boost performance in the classroom today." A growing body of medical research has linked both red and processed meats to\u00a0various health risks. According to an extensive report released by the World Cancer Research Fund last May, processed meat increases one's risk of several forms of cancer. The study, which found that 30-50 percent of cancers are preventable, recommends limiting or eliminating all forms of processed meat for the sake of health. On the other side of the country, New York City lawmakers are aiming to have processed meat banned from all public schools. Called the "Ban the Baloney" resolution, the effort is led by vegan Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. Become a CLUBKINDLY member today!