The Los Angeles Unified School District is the GRAND PRIZE winner of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine's 2011 Golden Carrot Awards!
The school district is leading the nation in innovative food service by eliminating junk food in favor of fruit, vegetable, and healthy plant-based meal options.
As a reward for encouraging their students to eat healthier by offering vegetarian, low-fat, whole grain, and non-dairy options, the PCRM will reward the El Lay school district's food service program $3,000!
Doctors aren't the only people taking notice of the healthy menu changes either.
Teenage actress Victoria Justice wrote a letter of appreciation to the district's superintendent, Dr. John E. Deasy, which read:
Dear Dr. Deasy,
Thank you for providing students in Los Angeles schools with plenty of fresh, healthy lunch options this year. As a student and actress, I'm proud to be part of a school community that strives to help young people succeed.
Providing students with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy whole grains, and low-fat vegetarian meal options is a great way to help fight childhood obesity and prevent type 2 diabetes.
As a young adult, I care about my health — and the health of our next generation.
I'm excited to join the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in congratulating the Los Angeles Unified School District on its healthy school lunch menu and nutrition education programs.
Thank you for giving every student the opportunity to shine like a star.
We'd like to echo Victoria's sentiments and thank the food service team at the Los Angeles Unified School District for improving the quality of meals for their students.
We hope more the rest of the country follows in your footsteps!
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