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NBA star John Salley promotes vegan diets for kids

The notion of vegans being passive granola crunchies has long been changed by the number of successful vegan celebrities and vegan athletes, that have changed the face of veganism. Vegan athlete John "Spider" Salley wants to be more than a vegan -- he wan

The notion of vegans being passive granola crunchies has long been changed by the number of successful celebrities, such as Alicia Silverstone, Alanis Morissette, and former Olympic athlete Fiona Oakes, that have changed the face of veganism.Vegan athlete John "Spider" Salley wants to be more than a vegan -- he wants to be a vegan role model for kids.Here's what the vegan NBA star is doing to raise awareness of the vegan diet for kids.
The notion of vegans being passive granola crunchies has long been changed by the number of successful celebrities, such as Alicia Silverstone, Alanis Morissette, and former Olympic athlete Fiona Oakes, that have changed the face of veganism.Vegan athlete John "Spider" Salley wants to be more than a vegan -- he wants to be a vegan role model for kids.Here's what the vegan NBA star is doing to raise awareness of the vegan diet for kids.

Promote plant-based meals for kids

As reported by Mother Nature News this week, NBA star John "Spider" Salley has teamed up with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in a new campaign urging kids to reduce their risk of developing diabetes by eating more vegetarian and vegan meals.
 
Salley, who holds the record for playing on three championship-winning teams, hasn't always been vegan; he gradually started following veganism after ditching the American diet for macrobiotic eating and eventually raw veganism.

Vegan diets are good defense against childhood diabetes

In a new 30-second television spot, Salley promotes plant-based diets to beat type-2 diabetes, a disease that currently affects nearly 24 million children and adults in the United States.
 
“One in every three little kids is going to develop diabetes in their lifetime,” says Salley, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls. “You can up your defenses by eating more fruits and vegetables and having more vegetarian and vegan meals." He refers to plant-based meals as power plays to protect you and your family against the risk of diabetes.

Be role models for your children
 
Just as Salley wants to be a healthy role model for kids, he urges parents to do the same. Back in January 2010, Salley urged parents to consider healthy alternatives to the typical snacks kids eat.
 
In a public service announcement, he says:

"We have to improve kids’ eating habits — and re-educate adults about what is food and what is not food. People can have pizza and pastries without dairy products and eggs. They can have tofu mozzarella cheese or egg substitute and they should use agave in place of high-fructose corn syrup and refined whole sugar.”

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