Schools Cut Back on Unhealthy Food
CDC Sees Improvement in Reducing Sale of Candy and Soda to Students
Oct. 5, 2009 -- U.S. schools have cut back on certain "less nutritious"
foods and drinks, and Mississippi and Tennessee are leading the way, the CDC
The CDC today released new survey data on the percentage of students in
public secondary schools who cannot buy candy, salty snacks, fruit drinks that
aren't 100% juice, sports drinks, and soda at school.
The percentage of students who couldn't buy candy or salty snacks increased
in 37 of the 40 states that participated in the survey.
When the survey started in 2002, about 46% of the students couldn't buy
those items at school. That percentage had grown to 64% in 2008.
The percentage of secondary school students who couldn't buy soft
drinks at school rose in all 34 states that tracked that from 2006 to
2008. And 23 of those same states also nixed sales of sports drinks to students
during that time.
The CDC calls that "progress," and notes that some states made more progress
Mississippi and Tennessee -- home to some of the nation's highest rates of
adult obesity -- made the biggest gains in the percentage of secondary school
students who can't buy candy, salty snacks, and soft drinks at school.
Utah ranked lowest on the percentage of students who can't buy candy or
salty snacks at school. But that ranking doesn't reflect Utah's revisions to
its school nutrition standards in 2008.
The findings appear in an "early release" edition of the CDC's Morbidity
and Mortality Weekly Report.