In light of Arizona's 49th place finish in the Commonwealth Fund's report on children's health care systems, many parents are looking for ways to help their children live healthier, longer lives. In addition to fighting for access to affordable health care programs, parents can help their kids reach and exceed their "potential to lead healthy lives" by encouraging them to exercise and eat a wholesome vegan diet.

According to the late Dr. Benjamin Spock, "Children who grow up getting their nutrition from plant foods rather than meats have a tremendous health advantage. They are less likely to develop weight problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, and some forms of cancer."

If we help kids develop a taste for fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and soy products rather than fatty, cholesterol-laden cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets, we can help prevent many of the life-threatening diseases that can plague children into adulthood, reducing their life expectancy. Visit www.PETA.org for free vegan recipes and tips on keeping your kids, and yourself, trim and healthy for life.

Heather Moore

PETA Foundation

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