South Dakota School District Bans Soda

Students in the Faulkton Area School District in tiny Faulkton, S.D., will be required to dispose of all carbonated soda containers before stepping into school buildings, according to The New York Times. For the full story, click here.


Editor’s Insight: This article notes that soda consumption has been declining in recent years. What it doesn’t establish, however, is whether the consumption change is related to rules banning soda from vending machines.

Soda has lost market share in recent years as beverage manufacturers have offered a lot of alternative products, not all of which contain less sugar than soda.

The fastest growing alternative beverage, energy drinks, has been linked to far more serious health effects than soda.

Responsible health advocates have encouraged schools to focus more on nutrition education and fitness in conjunction with nutrition restrictions rather than relying solely on restrictions. 05-17-12 By Elliot Maras