State lawmakers approve ban on sugary drinks in schools

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Updated: 5/23/2013 8:52 pm

There could be a new rule for schools. The House and Senate approve banning the sale of soda and sugary drinks in elementary and junior high and middle schools.

The bill would limit beverage choices to water, low-fat milk, and pure juice. The bill is encouraging young learners to practice nutritious habits.         

Brian Achilles with Lubbock ISD ARAMARK said,"For Lubbock ISD we don't carry any carbonated drinks. We don't have any sodas in our schools. The only drinks that we carry is milk, one-percent, or skim flavored, bottle water. We also have Gatorade's and Powerade's, which are under the 12 ounce cans or bottles."    

The sugary ban, H.B 217, is sitting on Governor Perry's desk awaiting his signature.

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maureenataba - 5/24/2013 5:00 PM
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Childhood obesity is a complex issue, but the beverage industry is leading the way in the way in fighting it by successfully implementing national School Beverage Guidelines which drastically slashed beverage calories available in schools. In fact, working with former President Clinton and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the beverage industry voluntarily removed full-calorie soft drinks from all schools and replaced them with more lower-calorie, smaller-portion choices. These efforts led to a 90% reduction in beverage calories shipped to schools from 2004-2010 (http://bit.ly/Pk3EQJ).
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