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Schools offer unhealthy drinks.

Despite efforts to limit students' access to sugary and high-fat beverages, almost half of the nation's public elementary students could buy sodas, sports drinks, and high-fat milk in schools during the 2008-2009 school year, a study showed. The Institute of Medicine recommends that schools provide access to only water, 100% juice, and 1% or nonfat milk, but few schools conform, the study found. Students also could buy unhealthful drinks in school stores, from vending machines, and along cafeteria lines. Although many schools had removed high-fat milk from their lunch programs, they sold it a la carte. In the South, where obesity rates are highest in the nation, more than 20% of public elementary school students could purchase sugar-sweetened drinks, the study found.

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Title Annotation:POLICY & PRACTICE
Author:Anderson, Jane
Publication:Pediatric News
Date:Dec 1, 2010
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