Reducing childhood obesity is a battle that must be fought on many fronts: It takes parents who teach their kids healthy habits, a culture that encourages smart decisions, and a marketplace that offers good choices. Schools, too, must be part of the process. The Los Angeles Unified School District has increasingly come to recognize its role in this effort. First it banned the sale of junk food and sugary sodas in campus vending machines, and now it’s taking active steps to make lunchtime healthier for students. That means less pizza and nachos, more fruit and salads. More options and shorter lines. Lunch that’s served at an appropriate hour and not rushed. These may be small steps, but they’re important ones. The school cafeteria alone can’t guarantee healthy lifestyles for students, but it can help – and it should. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!