Deal Removes Soft Drinks from Schools

1 decade 3 years 2 weeks ago Wednesday, May 03 2006 May 3, 2006 Wednesday, May 03, 2006 11:05:47 AM CDT May 03, 2006 in News
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The nation's biggest beverage distributors have agreed to stop selling non-diet sodas to most public schools. Susan Neely at the American Beverage Association says no one should "underestimate the influence" of the pledge. An industry expert says the deal with health advocates shouldn't register much on the industry's $63 billion-dollar bottom line. But he says it does signify responsibility and accountability. And a spokesman for former President Clinton, whose foundation helped broker the deal, says it's a leap toward improving school-based nutrition. The president of the American Heart Association, which also argued for the change, says it's only the beginning of a major effort to reduce childhood obesity.

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