(LOS ANGELES) -- What role did a celebrity chef play in changing the policy on flavored milk in Los Angeles public schools?
Board of education officials aren't giving Jamie Oliver all the credit. But the British food crusader had the school district in his crosshairs last year when he dramatically lobbied to change the L.A. school lunch program to provide healthier options -- all on camera in the second season of his ABC reality television show, Food Revolution.
Either way, the outcome is clear: if you're a Los Angeles public school student who likes some chocolate or strawberry flavoring added to your milk, you may be in for some disappointment.
"Jamie Oliver provided the opportunity to focus on an area that could contribute to ongoing district initiatives, which included the recommendation for the removal of flavored milk with added sugars," said a spokesperson for the school district.
But she noted that the Los Angeles Unified School District is already a recognized leader in the effort to promote healthy foods and lifestyles to combat health issues related to obesity.
"Our goal, in tandem with Jamie Oliver, is to continue to serve healthy and nutritious meals."
On Tuesday, the LAUSD decided, in a 5-2 vote, that L.A. public schools will no longer offer flavored milks as part of an effort to curb childhood obesity.
"Those excess calories are not needed and, when coupled with insufficient exercise, increases risk for students," said LAUSD food services director Dennis Binkle. "These include the fat-free chocolate milk and fat-free strawberry milk."
The district -- the second-largest in the country -- joins several others, including Berkeley, California and Boulder Valley, Colorado that have also banned the sugary milks. On his show, Oliver explained there was as much sugar in a typical school-sized carton of flavored milk as there is in a full-sized candy car.
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