Nearly All Sodas Sales to Schools to End

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    The nation's largest beverage distributors have agreed to halt nearly all soda sales to public schools, according to a deal announced Wednesday by the William J. Clinton Foundation.

    Under the agreement, the companies have agreed to sell only water, unsweetened juice and low-fat milks to elementary and middle schools, said Jay Carson, a spokesman for former President Bill Clinton. Diet sodas would be sold only to high schools.
    Cadbury Schweppes PLC, Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and the American Beverage Association have all signed onto the deal, Carson said, adding that the companies serve "the vast majority of schools." The American Beverage Association represents the majority of school vending bottlers.
    The deal follows a wave of regulation by school districts and state legislatures to cut back on student consumption of soda amid reports of rising childhood obesity rates. Soda has been a particular target of those fighting obesity because of its caloric content and popularity among children.



    "It's a bold and sweeping step that industry and childhood obesity advocates have decided to take together," Carson said.
    A man who answered the phone at Cadbury Schweppes' London headquarters said no one was available for comment. Calls seeking comment from the other distributors were not immediately returned early Wednesday.
    Nearly 35 million students nationwide will be affected by the deal, The Alliance for a Healthier Generation said in a news release. The group, a collaboration between Clinton's foundation and the American Heart Association, helped broker the deal.
    "This is really the beginning of a major effort to modify childhood obesity at the level of the school systems," said Robert H. Eckel, president of the American Heart Association.
    Under the agreement, high schools will still be able to purchase drinks such as diet and unsweetened teas, diet sodas, sports drinks, flavored water, seltzer and low-calorie sports drinks from distributors.
    School sales of those kinds of drinks have been on the rise in recent years, while regular soda purchases by students have been falling, according to an ABA report released in December. But regular soda is still the most popular drink among students, accounting for 45 percent of beverages sold in schools in 2005, the report said.



    The agreement applies to beverages sold for use on school grounds during the regular and extended school day, Carson said. Sales during after-school activities such as clubs, yearbook, band and choir practice will be affected by the new regulations. But sales at events such as school plays, band concerts and sporting events, where adults make up a significant portion of the audience, won't be affected, he said.
    How quickly the changes take hold will depend in part on individual school districts' willingness to alter existing contracts, the alliance said. The companies will work to implement the changes at 75 percent of the nation's public schools by the 2008-2009 school year, and at all public schools a year later.
    Many school districts around the country have already begun to replace soda and candy in vending machines with healthier items, and dozens of states have considered legislation on school nutrition this year.
    The agreement follows an August decision by the American Beverage Association to adopt a policy limiting soft drinks in high schools to no more than 50 percent of the selections in vending machines. That recommendation was not binding.



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    Fat kids are ruining it for everyone.
     
  4. Erzengel |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

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    They didn't have soda machines at my school. Only Snapple and the like.
     
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    so what's to stop pupils buying these beverages beforehand though.

    it really doesn't solve the problem, just shifts the demand elsewhere to local businesses who are happy to take up the challenge.
     
  6. Wilhelm-Scream Registered

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    Good news. Soda's the Fat-Maker. And Coke cleans the tarnish off of century-old PENNIES.
     
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    That's good, soda is definitely bad for you. I cut it out of what I drink quite a while ago :up:
     
  8. Outsiderzedge Registered

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    Those kids will still have their unhealthy beverages, but for the rest whom aren't willing to go through the extra trouble, they will simply buy one of the available beverages in the school. Therefore, this will invariably help quite a few children have a more proper diet.
     
  9. Erzengel |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

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    I'm going to start peddling soda at local high schools and charging twice as much!!

    Yo whatcho want?
     
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    so instead of creating a nation where one knows the difference between what's healthy or not, a nation of sheep is being created where choice is being taken out of the equation.

    nice.:down

    all this would do is delay the problem ni latter parts of life when choice goes back on the menu. shifting blame to another part of the demographics of society's eating habit.
     
  11. Outsiderzedge Registered

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    You're right, but schools are sending a mixed message when they say these beverages are unhealthy, but continue to offer them. It seems only right that schools rid themselves of the very things they advise avoiding.
     
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    children should get used to mixed messages being sent out, i mean they are after all going to be doing it for their generation.

    such is the way of the world.


    schools should be teaching children to deal with the consequences of their actions rather than trying to remove themselves from the firing line.

    at the end of the day really i don't care. I came to my own decisions about soft drinks in my early twenties and i don't consume them anymore except for lemonade as a mixer. That was done due to exposure as a child and re-examining what was important as an adult.

    If kids don't get to go through these vital steps, then how will they ever learn?

    schools are all about experimentation of one form or another,

    besides the real harm is done at home and during the weekends, this is going to have no major effect on a child who ahs his parents cave in to his/her every command.
     
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    The fat kids try and rob me everyday... I can outrun them though.
     
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    Ugh, people complain cause the schools don't do enough to help kids eat/drink and generally be healthier....and then when they take a step in that direction people complain about that. Can't have it both ways people.

    I think it's a good step. I personally knew kids in high school that would be at that machine after almost every period. Kudos.
     
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    I'm glad to hear this news...it's.about.time.
     
  16. Strange Registered

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    Their cravings will be the death of them, its all part of natural selection.
     
  17. We never had sodas in high school. We couldn't even have sweet tea or bring our own drinks.
     
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    I'm kind of glad to hear it, but it really doesn't stop kids form buying a soda before hand but it will cut down on how much they drink at school.
     

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