Are LAUSD school lunches too healthy?  It depends who you ask.

imageLast August, the Los Angeles School District rolled out its revamped lunch menu in an effort to reduce students’ intake of sugar, calories, fat and sodium. 

The new menu, reports the Daily Breeze, is proving the age-old adage; You can lead your kid to healthy food, but you can’t make him eat.

Parents say kids are coming home hungry to avoid eating mystery foods, according to the Breeze, and LAUSD is scratching its head on how to deal with meals in such a multicultural region.

Have you noticed a change in your kids’ lunch?  Have they said anything? Let us know!

Check out the full article at the Daily Breeze, LAUSD school menu gets unhealthy dose of skepticism

Fresh and Easy market opens in South L.A.

South Los Angeles has far fewer grocery stores than other areas of Los Angeles, making it tough for some residents to find healthy food in their neighborhoods.

That’s one of the reasons why lines stretched around the block Wednesday morning for the grand opening of a Fresh & Easy market at the intersection of Adams Boulevard and Central Avenue (appearances by Councilmember Jan Perry and the Jefferson High School Marching Band probably didn’t hurt, either).

And while the store was full of shoppers, the parking garage was nearly empty, giving a clue to why neighborhood groceries are so needed. Many residents seemed relieved to have an option closer to home.

The location is one of four stores being opened in California today by Fresh & Easy, the West Coast supermarket chain owned by Tesco. At about 10,000 square feet, it’s smaller than many supermarkets, and also has 80 affordable housing units built above it.

“This was actually one of the first sites we identified in Los Angeles, well over two years ago, so it’s been moving along,” said Roberto Munoz, the store’s director for neighborhood affairs.

The market is also employing some residents. It held a hiring event at a local YMCA in January where hundreds of people showed up, Munoz said, and is now employing about 20 of them.

Watch a video story about the Fresh & Easy opening from ATVN