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Encouraging Trends in Student Access to Competitive Beverages in U.S. Public Elementary Schools, 2006-07 to 2010-11

Turner L and Chaloupka FJ. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 166(7):673-675, 2012. 

Access to competitive foods and beverages in schools — via vending machines, stores/snack bars, and à la carte lines — leads to consumption of unhealthy products, such as sugar-sweetened beverages, which are associated with obesity. To reverse the childhood obesity epidemic, authorities have called for schools to limit the availability of high-calorie beverages; the Institute of Medicine recommends that competitive beverages in elementary schools be limited to water, 100% juice, and nonfat or 1% milk. Previously, we reported on competitive beverage availability in elementary schools from 2006-2007 to 2008-2009. Herein, we extend those findings with 2 additional years of data.

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