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Study Shows Progress Made Removing Sugary Sodas from Schools

Statement of CSPI Nutrition Policy Director Margo G. Wootan

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We congratulate the beverage industry for working to remove sugary sodas from schools. Together with stronger state laws and local school wellness policies, the country is making good progress in getting sugary drinks out of schools.

But, there is still much work to be done. According to the industry study, unhealthy full-calorie sodas, sports drinks, imitation fruit drinks, and ice teas have decreased from three-quarters to one-third of the beverages sold in high schools over the past five years.

We're pleased that the beverage industry and many snack food companies support having Congress address school beverages and snacks through this year's reauthorization of the school lunch and other child nutrition programs. It’s time to pass national legislation to finish getting sugary drinks out of schools and to also address junk foods. 

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Contact Jeff Cronin (jcronin[at]cspinet.org) or Ariana Stone (astone[at]cspinet.org).