Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas is promoting healthy eating habits by eliminating all pork products from its campus, Huffington Post reports.
The ban on pork has been instituted by president Michael J. Sorrell. He sees the meat as unhealthy and a leading cause to all kinds of health issues.
“We know there are many negative health consequences of consuming pork (eating pork can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancer, sodium retention and heart problems, not to mention weight gain and obesity),” he explained in an update sent to the campus.
“Therefore, as a part of our continued effort to improve the lives and health of our students, Paul Quinn College and its food service partner Perkins Management have collaborated to create a pork-free cafeteria. From this semester forward PQC will no longer serve dishes containing pork. That applause you hear in the background is the blood pressure of our students, faculty and staff.”
Sorrell also spoke to The Dallas Observer regarding the school’s susceptibility to heart issues and weight gain.
“The reality is that our student population comes from demographic that struggles with the type of health concerns that you see in underresourced community,” he said. Paul Quinn is a historically black college.
This isn’t the first time the campus has established big health changes. Two years ago, Paul Quinn’s football program was cut, and instead of having the playing field sit idly, it was turned into a fruit and vegetable garden. The fresh produce is sold on campus and at local markets.
Now, some will see this as a controversial move, but for Sorrell it’s no big deal, “The reality of it is, it’s not as big of a deal as people make it out to be. You can be OK without pork. I think they’ll survive.”
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