WASHINGTON—The nonprofit Physicians Committee is looking to award K-12 schools that serve students nutrient-packed, plant-based vegetarian options.
The Golden Carrot Awards, established in 2004, recognizes public and private food service teams doing exceptional work to improve the healthfulness of school lunches. The 2015 application is open to private schools and public school districts. It closes on Aug. 15, 2015.
Anyone—including students, teachers, principals, parents, and food service directors—can nominate their school for the grand prize award of up to $3,000, which supports food purchasing, meal preparation, and nutrition education activities for students of all ages.
The Physicians Committee looks for programs that encourage students to eat lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, and plant-based entrées for improved health and disease prevention.
“We’re looking for schools that serve healthful options and make it fun for students, too” notes Cameron Wells, M.P.H., R.D., acting director of nutrition education for the Physicians Committee. “The success to healthful eating is to make it fun, colorful, exciting, and of course, educational.”
The 2014 Golden Carrot Award recipients include Lincoln Public School District in Lincoln, Neb., MUSE School Ca. in Calabasas, Calif., and Desert Garden Montessori in Phoenix, Ariz.
Several celebrities, including actresses Victoria Justice, Natalie Portman, and Mayim Bialik, Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin, and NFL stars Devin and Jason McCourty, have congratulated schools and encouraged students to keep up the great work.
For more information about the Golden Carrot Awards, please visit HealthySchoolLunches.org.
For media interviews with Cameron Wells, M.P.H., R.D., please contact Jeanne Stuart McVey, Media Relations Manager, 202-527-7316, 202-686-2210, ext. 316.
Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research and medical training.