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School Joins Fast-Growing Trend of Fueling Students on Healthy, Humane Fare
For Immediate Release:September 17, 2012
Contact:Kaitlynn Kelly 202-483-7382
Huntsville, Ala. -- When Huntsville-based Oakwood
University's on-campus market underwent renovations, it wasn't just the
facilities that received an upgrade—the food got a serious health boost, too.
Oakwood, responding to student demand for humane meal options, designated the
market as 100 percent vegetarian—a move that reportedly makes Oakwood the first
historically black university in the U.S. to offer all-vegetarian food. For its
health-conscious and cruelty-free decision, Oakwood will receive a Compassionate
Campus Award from peta2, PETA's youth division.
"College is all about preparing students for the
future, and going vegan is the best thing that students can do to protect their
health throughout their lives," says peta2 Associate Director Marta
Holmberg. "Vegans also enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that they're
helping to protect animals and the planet every time they sit down to
The market has a ready-to-eat section that serves soups as
well as salads, including faux-chicken salad. There's also a made-to-order
section featuring veggie burgers and hot dogs, faux-chicken sandwiches, and
pizza with vegan cheese. Also included is Zebi's, a bistro that offers
smoothies and flatbread sandwiches, some of which are made with the
incomparable Gardein vegan products.
Just since 2005, there has been a 50 percent increase in the number of
college vegetarians nationwide, and the number of college vegans has doubled
in the same period.
In addition to the fact that every vegan saves the lives of
more than 100 animals every year, more college students are going vegan because
meat, eggs, and dairy products contain no fiber and are loaded with
artery-clogging saturated fat and cholesterol. According to the Academy of
Nutrition and Dietetics, vegetarians are less prone to heart disease, diabetes,
obesity, and cancer than meat-eaters are. Also, raising animals for food is a
leading cause of water pollution, land degradation, and the greenhouse-gas
emissions responsible for climate change.
For more information, please visit peta2.com.
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