Restricting Soda in Schools

August 30, 2005 1 min read

The U.S. beverage industry has approved guidelines that would limit soda purchases in schools, but critics say the move would have minimal impact where the problem is worst—in high schools.

Under the guidelines, vending machines in elementary schools will no longer be stocked with soda. In middle schools, students would only have access to diet soda; in high schools, no more than half of vending machine selections can be regular or diet soft drinks.

Should schools prohibit soda sales? How has your school/district been affected by legislative crackdowns on junk food? What are some additional steps districts can take to fight childhood obesity? Let us know what you think.

A version of this news article first appeared in the TalkBack blog.