CSPI On Banning Soda Sales In L.A. Schools

Statement of Margo G. Wootan, Director of Nutrition Policy

August 28, 2002

We congratulate the Los Angeles Unified School District for promoting the health of their students by stopping the sale of soda in its schools. More school districts should be actively fighting childhood obesity, and not encouraging it by striking deals with soda companies.

We sympathize with cash-strapped public schools. But schools that are bridging their budget gaps by peddling soda and snack foods are doing so at the expense of their studentsí health.

It doesnít make sense to promote nutrition in the classroom but promote junk food in the cafeteria. We hope more school boards follow L.A.ís lead.


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