Kicking the Soda Habit

1 decade 11 months 4 days ago Monday, November 19 2007 Nov 19, 2007 Monday, November 19, 2007 7:31:51 AM CST November 19, 2007 in News
"I do have to admit, I get a Gatorade practically every day," said high school student Sara Kirsch.
At south lakes high school in Reston, Virginia -- it's hard to change habits: "Soda for sure, hands down."

But a year after pledging to rid schools of high-calorie drinks the beverage industry reports it sells them nearly twice as much bottled water as two years ago -- and fewer sodas fruit drink sports drinks and juices -- though they're still available in high schools.

"What's the right thing for them at a particular time of day: is it a bottle of water? Is it a diet soft drink for fun? Is it a sports drink? They need to learn how to make those choices, as part of being young adults," said Susan Neely with the American Beverage Association.

Even with 40% fewer calories -- critics applaud the industry but insist there are still too many sugary drinks in schools -- like this can of juice with 44 grams of sugar -- more than many soft drinks.

"The industry's voluntary efforts and this patchwork of state and local policies that have been passed are not doing the trick. The time has come for Congress to help parents," said Margo Wootan Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Legislation to adopt new nutrition standards is working its way through congress.

SEDALIA HEATLH CARE - One of Sedalia's health care buildings will soon have new tenants.-The Bothwell Regional Health Center bought the Virginia flowers building in Sedalia today from the children's therapy center of pettis county.-The therapy center will use the money from the sale to relocate the Virginia Flowers child development center to a new facility on East Main Street.

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