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Research Finds Schools Are Following Beverage Guidelines

The number of high-calorie beverages available to students is dropping fast, in accordance with the national school beverage guidelines implemented in 2006.

An independent research firm found the number of calories in beverages shipped to schools has dropped 58 percent since 2004.
There are more water bottles and portion control sports drinks being delivered to schools, in fact, full-calorie soft drink shipments are down 65 percent.

Nearly 80 percent of contracts between schools and bottlers now meet the guidelines. The guidelines call for 100 percent fruit juice, low-fat milk and bottled water in elementary and middle schools. Diet sodas, sports drinks and low-calorie teas are added for high school students.


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