University of Michigan Ann Arbor researchers found half as many adolescents as in 2006 can still buy high-calorie sodas in schools, but other sugary beverages remain easily available onsite, according to the study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, reported Reuters News. For the full story, click here.
Editor’s Insight: This study confirms similar findings of another study reported back on 02-07-12 conducted by the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Both studies note that access to other sugar sweetened beverages remains widespread in U.S. schools.
School districts have incurred a big cost in removing soda since 2006. There has been no documented improvement in children’s health that can be attributed to removing soda.
Educators and politicians need to focus on supporting health and nutrition education initiatives. Education is needed to change long established habits. 08-07-12 By Elliot Maras