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Kissimmee, Florida (AP)

Lunch these days for about 2,700 grade-schoolers is low-fat and low-carb, à la South Beach Diet.

The menu switch is part of a children’s health study by Miami Beach cardiologist, Arthur Agatston, author of the best selling South Beach Diet books. If the diet helps students maintain a healthy weight, the study may be expanded to other school districts.

"We have to prove that we can go into a school system and without totally and expensively uprooting everything, make changes that will have a positive effect," Agatston said.

Students have been measured, weighed and fitted with pedometers to count each step they take and encourage them to keep active. The program at Kissimmee Charter Elementary, Mill Creek Elementary, Partin Settlement Elementary and P.M. Welles Charter Elementary ends in May.

"We are not putting them on a diet," Agatston said. "We’re teaching them to make better choices."

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