Laredo ISD Cooks Up a Healthy Challenge With Nickelodeon TV Star


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A new “Lean & Green” movement is helping schools all around the nation incorporate vegetarian meals and more vegetables into school lunches.

Creating an event similar to the popular television show top chef, Laredo independent school district (98.9% Latino) is holding its own top chef event through the support of The Humane Society of the United States, Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016.

Daniella Monet, an actress best known for her role in Nickelodeon’s Victorious as Trina Vega, will help get kids excited about healthier meat-free school meals by kicking off Laredo School District’s “Lean & Green Days” Meal Program.

Monet is a longtime vegetarian and supports the efforts of Lean & Green and The Humane Society of the United States.

The 27-year-old actress, singer, dancer, and lifestyle blogger will plan to visit and join over 800 students at LISD Jesus Martinez Performing Arts Center Ballroom for an assembly where Laredo ISD culinary students will share original plant-based recipes with a judges panel including Monet and guest speakers who will present about the benefits of enjoying more plant-based meals.

Studies show, Latino students are often targeted by unhealthy food companies more than their peers, and also often attend schools with less fresh fruit and vegetable options than their peers.

If schools continue to promote healthier food option and restrict unhealthy foods and sugary beverages, Latino students Body Mass Index’s may be improved.

To find out more about the event, see the details below:


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


LISD Jesus Martinez Performing Arts Center Ballroom

2400 San Bernardo Ave

Laredo, TX 78040

Media Contact: Samantha Miller:, 301-258-1417

On-Site Contact: Ethan Dussault:, 214-531-8048

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