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    LA Schools to Vote on Banning Soda
    Sun Aug 25, 8:23 PM ET
    By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press Writer

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hoping to combat childhood obesity, the nation's second-largest school district is expected to ban the sale of soft drinks at its 677 campuses.



    The sale of soda is already prohibited at elementary schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, and the school board is set to vote Tuesday to extend the ban to the district's approximately 200 middle and high schools.

    "This is the right thing to do for children," said board member Julie Korenstein, one of three co-sponsors. "There is an obesity epidemic in the United States today nationally, and there is a tremendous rise in childhood diabetes."

    "Whatever children do outside of our schools, that's obviously up to parents and families, but we don't feel we need to contribute to it any longer," she said.

    Although educators and legislators have long grappled with how to promote student health, few districts have restricted soft drink sales. Texas is the only state where soft drink sales are banned during lunch at all public schools.

    In banning the sales, however, the district would take away a source of revenue; profits from sodas fund student activities, generating an annual average of $39,000 per high school and $14,000 per middle school.

    "When it is time for us to have dances and we don't have enough money, we rely on money from vending machines," 17-year-old Kenneth Raymond, a senior at Dorsey High School, told the Los Angeles Times. "Even at pep rallies, we need to pay for our deejays. The school isn't going to pay for that."

    Board member Marlene Canter, one of the measure's sponsors, said the district would make up the funding from other sources including sales of non-carbonated beverages.

    Gov. Gray Davis ( news - web sites) signed a law last year banning sodas in elementary schools that goes into effect in January 2004, but a proposal to phase out soft drink sales in all public schools failed to clear a state Senate committee in May.

    Health advocates applaud the pending action at the district, which serves 748,000 students. In addition to the three sponsors, two other board members have said they support the motion, suggesting it will have more than the four of seven votes necessary for passage Tuesday.

    Childhood obesity is causing increasing concern among health professionals, and soft drinks share the blame. Fourteen percent of children ages 6 through 19 are classified as obese or overweight, almost three times as many as in the 1960s.

    The motion before the board Tuesday would ban all sales of carbonated drinks during school hours by January 2004. Still permitted would be water, milk, beverages with at least 50 percent fruit juice and sports drinks with less than 42 grams of sugar per 20-ounce serving.

    Sean McBride, spokesman for the National Soft Drink Association, criticized the board's proposed action.

    "We are being singled out for a very complex problem," he told the Times.

    "The one thing you simply cannot ignore in this is the role of a sedentary lifestyle... This is about the couch, not about the can."

    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...ool_soda_ban_1
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    Man, that's gonna be a real kick in the sales if it happens. Will they go health or $$?

    What do you guys think of this issue?

    What do you guys think they will do?
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    I think they will carry Cocio!

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    I guess they will have to bring their own soda from home from now on.

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    I can remember that my elementary school wouldn't even let us bring our own soda. It's funny, I was just discussing that with my mom the other day. But, I think it's kind of stupid not to let kids drink what they want.

    Why don't they try serving edible lunches instead of telling everyone what they can and can't do? I would have to think that there are plenty of much larger problems in LA schools than soda. Maybe they could try to break up gangs or do something about teenage pregnancy. Taking soda away isn't going to solve anything.

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    This is the kind of thing that happens when we allow people who lack wisdom to get themselves into positions of authority. We have this same problem all over government today. Our politicians tend to be some of the greatest fools who have ever lived. I hope that is not representative of the people who vote for them or put them in power. They have done the same thing to soda machines here in schools in Maryland. You may find that the people who are backing that have something to gain by removing soda from schools. Or they are trying to hurt the people who stock it there. Someone has a personal agenda they are trying to push I bet. Get those people out of positions of authority before they do things that really hurt you!

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    Does anybody know if it passed?

    Anways I'm not too strong about this issue but I agree let the kids do what they want. I always buy 12 packs myself and bring them from home but if kids wanna buy pop at school let them. Sometimes I will pick up a PowerAID after gym or something, who are they to say I cant? Oh well. LA needs the money I bet too. I have heard war stories about their schools....maybe they should encourage soda sales so that they can rake in the dough?

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    It passed...those dictators did it..

    http://www.cnn.com/2002/fyi/teachers...eut/index.html

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    All they did was make thier schools poorer. My mom is a teacher and im a student I know what its like we NEED their money to survive. I wish it wasnt needed but it is. I hope the LA public schools feel good for taking education down a bar. Isnt education whats its all about?

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    Look at the lost fund per school!!! $39,000 per high school and $14,000 per middle school. Thats alot of paper and pencils.

    -Avery Lund

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    By LOUINN LOTA, Associated Press Writer

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - The board of the nation's second-largest school district voted unanimously to extend the ban on carbonated soft drinks to all its schools in an effort to combat childhood obesity.

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    An audience of about 100 people burst into applause as the ban was adopted after 2 hours of debate Tuesday night. It will take effect in January 2004.

    Board member Julie Korenstein, who co-sponsored the measure, said it was needed to fight obesity among students. But a soda industry official complained that banning drinks isn't the solution.

    "Physical education and physical activity are by far, more important in combating obesity than banning soft drinks from students' diets," said Sean McBride, a spokesman for the National Soft Drink Association.

    He added: "In the end, this is really about the couch and not the can."

    Los Angeles Unified District, which has 748,000 students on its 677 campuses, already prohibited carbonated drink sales at elementary schools. The new measure extends the ban to the district's approximately 200 middle and high schools. It only takes effect during school hours.

    Still permitted during school hours are water, milk, beverages with at least 50 percent fruit juice and sports drinks with less than 42 grams of sugar per 20-ounce serving.

    Many Los Angeles Unified schools rely on soda sales to fund student activities such as sports and field trips. Sodas sold in vending machines and student stores generate an annual average profit of $39,000 per high school and $14,000 per middle school.

    In California, an estimated 30 percent of children are overweight or at risk of being overweight, according to the California Center for Public Health Advocacy.

    A study last year by Massachusetts researchers concluded that drinking sugar-sweetened soft drinks increased the chance of childhood obesity. Some other studies have failed to find any link.
    <b>Hey Pepsi, Shasta called, they want their lemon-lime back.</b>

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