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Taking Sugary Drinks Out of Schools Has Little Impact

Posted Apr 01 2009 3:48pm
In a journal that we pediatricians subscribe to called Pediatric News, a rather eye-opening article emerged... a study was done involving 7 high schools and sugary drinks and sodas (beverage vending machines). The results were that the removal of the drinks from these schools "might not really affect how much soda students drink". What seemed to be more effective, however, was community education discussing healthier food choices in public schools. Brings up some interesting points:
  1. Don't underestimate your child or teen and the changes they can make if given appropriate education. You may think that they are not listening, but, as you can see, once educated and given their freedom to make choices, your kids can make the right food choices.
  2. In keeping with the above statement, just removing a child or teen from a particular situation or food may not necessarily improve their life. Teaching them how to make good decisions has a way more positive life-changing impact.
  3. A third and very important alarming realization is that if they are not getting them at school, then where are they getting these drinks from? Because the students' consumption of these beverages neither decreased nor ceased, the assumption is that they would still be getting these from other sources, including HOME.
Hmmmmm... we all still have a lot of work to do...

Pediatric News Dec 2008
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