LAUSD wins 'Golden Carrot' grand prize for healthy meals
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.
-- Abby Sewell
Photo: Students eat lunch at LAUSD's Bravo Medical Magnet High School in April. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times.