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Philadelphia Bans Soda Sales

Susan Notes:
3 Cheers for authorities who looked beyond $500,000 profits and acted in children's best interests.

Philadelphia school officials Wednesday banned the sale of carbonated soft drinks in city schools in an effort to battle youth obesity.

Starting in July, only milk, water, fruit juice and the occasional sports drink will be available from most of the district's 740 vending machines and in its cafeterias.

The 214,000-student district followed a recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics to eliminate soft drinks as a way of fighting obesity. The district estimated it will lose $500,000 a year from soda sales.

Sports drinks, which also have a high sugar content, will be available only in high school vending machines near athletic facilities. Sodas will continue to be sold in faculty lounges.

The National Soft Drink Association, which represents most soft-drink makers nationwide, said a total ban on soda is unnecessary.

— Associated Press
The News Journal


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