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Kids love vegetarian menu at New York elementary school

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Kids love vegetarian menu at New York elementary school

CREATED Nov. 12, 2013

(KTNV) -- The newest target in the battle against childhood obesity is the school lunch.

An elementary school in New York has traded in the chicken nuggets and other unhealthy entrees for an all vegetarian menu.

And many of the kids say they love it.

The principal of the school says that other schools in the country have noticed and expressed interest in their decision.

The school, which is located in Queens, New York, is the first school in the country to switch to vegetarian meals.

The idea was controversial at first but now the kids are eating it up.

The kids also attend weekly nutrition classes and get "energy breaks" when their energy starts to lag.

Since the switch, the school claims fewer students are classified as overweight and obese, test scores are higher and their attendance rate is better.

Parents and teachers say that the real purpose of the health push is to reach kids early and create healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime.