In our That Is SO Spartan series, we look at current events that inspire us, influence us, educate us, and align with our values and beliefs.
We're all about plant-based diets at Spartan, and we have tremendous respect and gratitude for the great servicemen and women who defend our freedom every day. Taking that into account, we can hardly contain our excitement about the Million Dollar Vegan campaign.
In case you missed it, a group named the Animal Hero Kids — we also love dedicated, goal-driven youngsters — has pledged to donate $1 million to United States veterans if President Donald Trump goes vegan for the entirety of the month of January.
"The consumption of animal products is fueling health problems across the United States," it reads on the Million Dollar Vegan website. "Heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some cancers are directly connected to what we eat, and they cost people their health, their well-being, and even their lives."
Evan, a 9-year-old from Florida, is the president of the Animal Hero Kids. Joining the crusade with him are Genesis, 13, from California; Hannah, 17, from Georgia; Ian, 7, from Florida; Josie, 13, from Virginia; Khendall, 9, from Florida; Kimaya, 7, from Arizona; Landon, 12, from Florida; Lucia, 8, from Kentucky; and Rilee, 8, from Florida.
The Animal Hero Kids are aiming to "Make America Healthy Again," a play on Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan.
The kids have given the president a Dec. 31 deadline to respond.
On the campaign's official website, supporters have access to a vegan starter kit, plant-based recipes, and a health and nutrition guide. Users can also send the following tweet to Trump with the click of a button: .@realDonaldTrump Go vegan for January and $1 million will go to U.S. veterans! #MakeAmericaHealthyAgain #GoVegan #MillionDollarVegan.
You can also click here to sign up for the Go Vegan for January pledge.
Awesome job, guys. We love your passion, drive, and desire to raise awareness about plant-based lifestyles. Keep on fighting the good fight. We'll be watching and cheering you along the way.