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High-Calorie Beverages Still Widely Available in Elementary Schools

High-calorie beverages not allowed by national guidelines are still available in most U.S. elementary schools. Researchers conducted a nationally representative survey and found that although 16.1 percent of students had access to only beverages recommended by the Institute of Medicine guidelines, 44.7 percent of students were able to purchase beverages which were explicitly not recommended.

Percentages in private elementary schools were similar to those found in public schools..

According to Science Daily, the study’s authors concluded:

“Our results show some encouraging changes in the availability of healthy beverages in schools, but there are many more opportunities for change ... much work remains to be done to reduce the availability of unhealthy beverages in elementary schools in the United States, and we encourage policy makers, school officials and parents to work together to address this important issue."

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