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LAUSD wins 'Golden Carrot' grand prize for healthy meals

October 11, 2011 | 11:23 am

LAUSD students eat lunch April 2011
Los Angeles Unified School District got a carrot, not a stick, from a group of physicians focused on healthy diets -- and a golden one at that.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine awarded the nation's second-largest school district the 2011 Golden Carrot awards grand prize for efforts to serve healthy lunches to students.

The district has made major nutritional policy changes since 2002, including offering a range of low-fat and vegetarian  dishes and a menu free of trans-fat, flavored milk and soda, the committee said in a statement.

The district has also made a commitment to reducing added sugars in school meals.

The award, announced Tuesday as part of National School Lunch Week, comes with a $3,000 prize that will go to benefit the district's food service program.

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Photo: Students eat lunch at LAUSD's Bravo Medical Magnet High School in April. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times.

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