WASHINGTON—The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
(PCRM) is seeking nominations for its second annual “Golden
Carrot” awards for outstanding school foodservice professionals.
The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and a $2,500 check
made out to his or her school or school district. Three additional
winners will each receive a $500 award.
“We are looking for foodservice directors who go the extra
mile to provide great-tasting healthy food in school lunchrooms,”
says PCRM nutrition director Tim Radak, R.D., Dr.P.H. “That
means serving low-fat vegetarian entrees such as bean burritos
or veggie burgers rather than the artery-clogging beef, chicken,
and dairy products that dominate most school menus. A vegetarian
diet rich in complex carbohydrates, protein, fiber, vitamins,
and minerals is the optimal diet for a growing child and helps
foster healthy lifelong habits. The many advantages of plant-based
diets include lower rates of heart disease, some forms of cancer,
diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.”
The Golden Carrot Awards honor foodservice workers in both public
and private schools. Awards go to the top programs that feature
low-fat meals; encourage kids to eat lots of fresh fruits, vegetables,
and whole grains; provide vegetarian or vegan entrees; promote
cultural diversity; offer non-dairy beverages; and foster community
Parents, teachers, principals, fellow foodservice workers, and
community members are encouraged to nominate professionals who
make a difference in their schools. Deadline for nominations is
September 15. An entry form—and a more detailed explanation
of the award criteria—is available at www.HealthySchoolLunches.org.
Winners will be announced in time for National School Lunch Week,
October 10-15. To read about last year’s winners, go to:
Founded in 1985, the Physicians
Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization
that promotes preventive medicine, especially good nutrition.
PCRM also conducts clinical research studies, opposes unethical
human experimentation, and promotes alternatives to animal research.