HOUSTON – Houston ISD is kicked off its Lean and Green Day with a little celebrity help.
Actress Daniella Monet, of Nickelodeon’s “Victorious,” was there as part of the district’s effort to get kids to eat healthier by going meatless at least one day a week.
Monet was talking food Monday at The Gregory Lincoln Education Center.
“You don’t really think of vegetarian or lean and green or Meatless Monday in association with Houston,” Monet said.
She became a vegetarian at age 5 because of her love for animals. Now she is on a campaign to teach kids about making healthier food choices.
“You know we are gradually moving in a direction that is more health conscious and this is a natural progression and excited to be part of the initial stages of it, and kids seem excited,” she said.
Excited and Nickelodeon star’s talk seemed to change some kids minds.
“Daniela has encouraged me to try being a vegan, because I love meat, I am a carnivore and I mostly eat meat every day,” Kenedi Mckenzie, a sixth-grader, said.
“I might try, ‘cause they seem like they have some interesting food options,” Joseph Farney, a seventh-grader, said.
HISD started its Lean and Green program about a month ago, and every Monday, the cafeteria goes meatless.
And the students showed Monet their garden. She said the choice is up to the kids, as long as they have all the information.
Monet said she became a full vegan at age 13.