Sodas to be Removed from Schools
So we've all heard the correlation made between childhood obesity and the overconsumption of sugary drinks (among many other factors such as poor nutrition, lack of exercise,etc.). Well, as far as sodas are concerned, it looks like the beverage industry is listening because a Washington Post article
reported today that the industry is "voluntarily removing high-calorie soft drinks from all schools". (This does not include diet drinks)
This is great news! Even though it does not mean that students will entirely stop consuming sodas, it is a good step forward in at least reducing the temptation during the day. Of course, nutrition education and exercise needs continued emphasis in schools.
Sugary Drinks To Be Pulled From Schools
Industry Agrees to Further Limit Availability to Children
By Caroline E. Mayer
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 3, 2006; D01
The beverage industry is scheduled to announce today that it is voluntarily removing high-calorie soft drinks from all schools.
In an agreement to be announced by former president Bill Clinton, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) and the head of the American Heart Association, the industry also will limit the amount of other sugary beverages, such as fruit drinks, in school vending machines. But diet soft drinks will continue to be sold in high schools that allow such products.
The agreement sets different rules for elementary schools, middle schools and high schools and comes at a time when the beverage industry is under increasing pressure to limit sales of its least healthful products in schools. Many local jurisdictions, including the District and Montgomery and Fairfax counties, have limited the sale of soda in school. Some state legislatures are also pressing for restrictions; last year, California passed a law banning soft drinks in school, effective next year.
The agreement calls for eliminating sales of sodas, diet sodas, sports drinks, juice drinks, apple juice or grape juice in elementary schools. Water and more healthful juices such as orange juice could continue to be sold, but in only eight-ounce or smaller containers, according to sources who were briefed yesterday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the plan had not yet been announced.
In middle schools, the same drinks will be offered but in containers as large as 10 ounces.
In high schools, the drink size will be limited to 12 ounces. No sugary sodas will be sold, and half the drinks offered will be water or a low-calorie beverage, such as diet soda, diet lemonade or diet iced tea. Sports drinks will be allowed, as will juice drinks as long as they have fewer than 100 calories per serving.
Cadbury Schweppes PLC, Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and the American Beverage Association have all signed onto the deal, Jay Carson, a spokesman for former President Clinton, told the Associated Press last night.
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