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Soda Banned in Schools
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Posted on 05/04/2006 8:35:43 AM PDT by ejroth

School Soda Ban •Major Soda Brands Agree to Halt Sales to Public Schools The nation's largest beverage distributors have agreed to halt nearly all soda sales to public schools, according to a deal announced Wednesday by the William J. Clinton Foundation. Under the agreement, the companies have agreed to sell only water, unsweetened juice and low-fat milks to elementary and middle schools, said Jay Carson, a spokesman for former President Bill Clinton. Diet sodas would be sold only to high schools Cadbury Schweppes PLC, Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and the American Beverage Association have all signed onto the deal, Carson said, adding that the companies serve "the vast majority of schools." The American Beverage Association represents the majority of school vending bottlers. The deal follows a wave of regulation by school districts and state legislatures to cut back on student consumption of soda amid reports of rising childhood obesity rates. Soda has been a particular target of those fighting obesity because of its caloric content and popularity among children.

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KEYWORDS: again; childhoodobesity; foodpolice; obesity; publicschools; x42
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I'm so glad to hear this. For so long I've had trouble with that money just jumping out of my pocket into my kids lunchbox. When he gets to school he wants to buy juice or milk but that evil Soda guy forces him to buy a regular Coke. What a releif that things are going to change.

Actually this is great news! I'm sending my kid to school with a couple of cases to start a black market.

1 posted on 05/04/2006 8:35:45 AM PDT by ejroth
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To: ejroth

My kid doesn't drink a lot of pop, but I may start puting a can in her lunch every day, just to show 'em I *can*.


2 posted on 05/04/2006 8:37:51 AM PDT by zook
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To: ejroth

It is much more appropriate for students to sip Chai Tea whie reading "Heather Has Two Mommies".


3 posted on 05/04/2006 8:38:06 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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I saw a blurb on this last night....and my jaw dropped to see the William Clinton Foundation attached to this....

First of all....how is he making money off this deal??

Second of all....I thought this was America, freedom of some choices...

A teenager girl CAN choose to have an abortion, according to Clinton...but, NOW Clinton is going to keep her from choosing a Diet Coke over juice????


4 posted on 05/04/2006 8:39:24 AM PDT by Txsleuth (...)
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To: ejroth

Not to worry dear stock holders of soft drink companies ... those same companies agreed to this because they will make MORE MONEY selling the water they bottle!


5 posted on 05/04/2006 8:40:52 AM PDT by zeaal (SPREAD TRUTH!)
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To: ejroth
rising childhood obesity rates

This won't help with childhood obesity but it might lessen the need for ritalin. :)
6 posted on 05/04/2006 8:41:05 AM PDT by P-40 (http://www.590klbj.com/forum/index.php?referrerid=1854)
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To: SheLion

Ping.


7 posted on 05/04/2006 8:41:10 AM PDT by Springman (I listen to Air Amerkia, the things I do for FR!!)
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To: Calpernia

Ping


8 posted on 05/04/2006 8:41:57 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes (That's taxes, not Texas. I have no beef with TX. NJ has the highest property taxes in the nation.)
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To: ejroth

The amount of control people are willing to give up to government is amazing. Even small things like what refreshment we may consume are controlled.


9 posted on 05/04/2006 8:42:10 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: Bahbah; Mo1; defconw; tiredoflaundry; Peach; OldFriend; onyx

OOOPSIE...my mistake, I reread the article..and the teenage girl CAN buy a DIET drink on the way out to get an abortion, just not a REGULAR soda.

Hey--gang, check out what Bubba is up to now!


10 posted on 05/04/2006 8:42:27 AM PDT by Txsleuth (...)
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To: ejroth

"My kid is a fat slob and it's all your fault!!!" syndrome coupled with typical spineless pandering by our "leaders".
When I went to high school, not all that long ago, we had Coke machines. We also had this large room we went to 2x a week to do physical activity. Sometime we even...went outside, to run!!! in a circle!!! for no reason whatsoever.
/sarc off


11 posted on 05/04/2006 8:43:44 AM PDT by SteelCurtain_SSN720 (If you pass the rabid child, say "hammer down" for me)
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To: ejroth
Hillary says that the village will only sell you water. Some of it will be colored. I suppose that she will now step to the podium and say how grateful she is that the industry is concerned with the health of our children and that it has always been her goal to provide healthy food for our children in our schools.

The village is saved!! It's all about the children!! What a farce!!

12 posted on 05/04/2006 8:43:46 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: mysterio

Party members will no longer allow soda in school/freedom?not


13 posted on 05/04/2006 8:43:59 AM PDT by Vaduz (and just think how clean the cities would become again.)
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To: ejroth

I am so glad I send my kids to private school.


14 posted on 05/04/2006 8:44:11 AM PDT by JackDanielsOldNo7 (If it wasn't for marriage, I would not have this screenname.)
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To: ejroth

The trial lawyers are going after Big Sugar using exactly the same tactics that brought them billions of dollars from Big Tobacco.


15 posted on 05/04/2006 8:44:18 AM PDT by RebelBanker (If you can't do something smart, do something right.)
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To: Springman
I just shake my head!


16 posted on 05/04/2006 8:45:13 AM PDT by SheLion
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To: ejroth
Wow. Thank goodness for the NEA and the DOE! I'm glad that our public education system has given up entirely and been replaced with the public nutrition and sexual perversion training system. It's certainly a relief to know the students will be skinnier after they aren't taught anything!

While these people's education panacea is nutrition, our local school district is absolutely convinced that class scheduling is the magic bullet.

17 posted on 05/04/2006 8:45:28 AM PDT by TChris ("Wake up, America. This is serious." - Ben Stein)
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To: TChris

You know they getting out front of the law suits.......


18 posted on 05/04/2006 8:47:21 AM PDT by Paul8148
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To: SheLion

That's a good one!!!


19 posted on 05/04/2006 8:48:26 AM PDT by Springman (I listen to Air Amerkia, the things I do for FR!!)
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To: Txsleuth
check out what Bubba is up to now!

Democrats, the party of small ideas. Do they really think that soda alone is what makes these children fat?

20 posted on 05/04/2006 8:48:29 AM PDT by Bahbah (“KERRY LIED!! SCHOLARLY ATTRIBUTION DIED!!!”)
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To: Txsleuth

Shaking my head violently. Kids can't take a Midol but they can get an abortion on school time.


21 posted on 05/04/2006 8:48:49 AM PDT by defconw (Forever a Snowflake! Yes I am a Bushbot, so what of it?)
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To: Txsleuth
A teenager girl CAN choose to have an abortion, according to Clinton...but, NOW Clinton is going to keep her from choosing a Diet Coke over juice

Excellent observation.
22 posted on 05/04/2006 8:50:16 AM PDT by newguy357
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To: ejroth

The stats recently showed that the average student bought less than a can a week. I was not surprised to see Clinton's name attached, because like so much of his 8 year administration, this is an emotional appeal, a "feel good" move that accomplishes, in the end, absolutely nothing.


23 posted on 05/04/2006 8:50:30 AM PDT by mak5
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To: ejroth

Wanna get rid of sugar? Get rid of the sugary teachings of SOCIALISM in our schools!


24 posted on 05/04/2006 8:50:49 AM PDT by Mobile Vulgus
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To: Bahbah; Mo1; defconw

No...I am sure they don't, but we know that Hillary is a socialist and wants to run our lives..and it starts with kids.

I am convinced that the reason that the schools are so bad, is because a lot of the teachers and administrators are the children of the "flower children"...and have no concept of what schools were like..when their parents went.

And now, they are taking all of the blame for fat kids from their parents to the schools...

One thing though...the schools that have cut out recess and PE need to get it BACK...the kids need the exercise...I had PE every year...and my kids didn't have PE after junior high...

I really don't understand, at least from this article, what the heck Bubba's Foundation has to do with this...


25 posted on 05/04/2006 8:53:50 AM PDT by Txsleuth (...)
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To: ejroth

Finally ... with soft drinks out of the way it leaves more time to practice homosexuality, witchcraft, abortion, anarchy, drug addiction and all theother approved courses of study in public education today.


26 posted on 05/04/2006 8:53:52 AM PDT by Fighting Irish
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To: ejroth

Wasn't it the Clinton administration that allowed soft drink companies to put soda machines in public schools?


27 posted on 05/04/2006 8:54:31 AM PDT by kruelio
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To: mysterio

The school board has the authority to determine what may and may not be sold on school grounds.

I find it interesting that it's the evil mean profiteering corporations which are saving our children from too many cokes and not the caring compassionate school board which only seeks what's best for the children. (sarcasm off)


28 posted on 05/04/2006 9:02:05 AM PDT by bobjam
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To: ejroth

IIRC, soda machines were banned in CA schools about 25 years ago. (...though I think that I've seen them on local campuses since. There may have been a lapse in the ban or it may have been just my district. I wasn't paying particular attention to the issue.) At my high school, the administration removed the soda machines from the lunch area. However, they didn't know about the machine in the varsity boys' locker room; and our coaches weren't about to tell them! On at least one occasion, I helped one of the coaches smuggle in a fresh load of sodas to refill the machine.


29 posted on 05/04/2006 9:04:04 AM PDT by Redcloak (Messing up perfectly good threads since 1998.)
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To: bobjam

Wonder how much the milk industry had to pay our pal the government to get this done?


30 posted on 05/04/2006 9:06:55 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: Txsleuth

I am absolutely opposed to Great National Daddy Bubba's involvement in this matter. But at the same time I do not understand why any parent would defend carbonated beverages, nutritionally. Those "sodas" are nutritionally negative; that is, they affect adversely the physiological utilization of certain mineral nutrients. Occasional consumption probably does little harm, but they should not be drunk to the virtual exclusion of water and milk. Above all, they should not be sold in schools, and it matters not a whit whether the "diet" or "un-diet" version is chosen.


31 posted on 05/04/2006 9:07:41 AM PDT by Elsiejay (.)
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To: kruelio

No. There were soda machines in my JR. High and High school, I graduated in 1993, so at the very least it was Bush 1's term


32 posted on 05/04/2006 9:08:28 AM PDT by SteelCurtain_SSN720 (If you pass the rabid child, say "hammer down" for me)
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To: ejroth
[Sinister stage whisper]

Hey, little girl, c'mere. Wanna buy some REAL Coke sweetened with high fructose corn syrup?

33 posted on 05/04/2006 9:08:52 AM PDT by upchuck (Wikipedia.com - the most unbelievable web site in the world.)
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To: SteelCurtain_SSN720

Now that I think about it, they were there in 1988(Jr. High)


34 posted on 05/04/2006 9:10:27 AM PDT by SteelCurtain_SSN720 (If you pass the rabid child, say "hammer down" for me)
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To: Elsiejay

My complaint is about Bubba's involvement....I especially remember his "runs" to McDonalds during his presidency.

So for thousands of teenagers, they have been blessed with the "permission" from the POTUS, to have oral sex and eat junk food.

BTW...my granddaughter is a diabetic...and we pack a DIET SODA in her lunch everyday, because she can't drink milk or juice.....so there are exceptions to most rules.


35 posted on 05/04/2006 9:14:25 AM PDT by Txsleuth (...)
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To: Elsiejay

Thank you, I was beginning to think I was only one here who cannot understand this zealous defense of having junk drinks accessible to our kids in a place where we as parents have no control or monitoring capacity. 2 of our 3 kids *love* soda, and will choose it over anything else if given the chance. The third just doesn't like it, and will chose water or milk.

I've never thought it was a good idea to have soda in the schools, and the politics of whose idea it was to get rid of it is irrevelant.


36 posted on 05/04/2006 9:28:22 AM PDT by Zeddicus
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To: Txsleuth
Do note there is no ban on diet soda

And what can of soda does Clinton always drink???

Yep .. that would be diet coke
37 posted on 05/04/2006 9:34:32 AM PDT by Mo1 (DEMOCRATS: A CULTURE OF TREASON)
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To: zook

What the heck's the matter with you people? We never had soda in the schools when I was growing up. Why should we have that freakin' fizzy sugar water in schools? Why don't we let them watch cartoons all day and play video games while we're at it. Sheesh.


38 posted on 05/04/2006 9:35:52 AM PDT by bkepley
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To: Mo1

I wonder what Clinton thinks of Big Macs and Fries in school.


39 posted on 05/04/2006 9:39:43 AM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: bkepley
What the heck's the matter with you people? We never had soda in the schools when I was growing up. Why should we have that freakin' fizzy sugar water in schools? Why don't we let them watch cartoons all day and play video games while we're at it. Sheesh.

I don't know. What the heck's the matter with you? Anyhow, I don't really care whether they sell pop or not. I just think it's funny that they think they need to monitor what the kids eat and drink. I mean, c'mon! Low fat milk only? Diet pop? "Unsweetened" juice? Moreover, even more hilarious, this only deals with school lunch programs. The schools will keep and continue to cash in on the coke machines down the hall.

40 posted on 05/04/2006 9:48:40 AM PDT by zook
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To: zook
I don't really care whether they sell pop or not. I just think it's funny that they think they need to monitor what the kids eat and drink.

Duh..wonder why they would think that.

41 posted on 05/04/2006 9:51:18 AM PDT by bkepley
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To: mysterio

Apparently not a lot since it's the coke distributors who have decided to stop selling rather than our benevolent government deciding not to allow the sales.

My question is whether the distributors were paying a fee to the school boards for the ability to operate vending machines.


42 posted on 05/04/2006 10:00:40 AM PDT by bobjam
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To: ejroth

It's a health issue donchaknow....

Soda Pop...vs the Homosexual Lifestyle...

Soda Pop is the obvious choice of things that must go and what should remain....


43 posted on 05/04/2006 10:03:57 AM PDT by joesnuffy
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To: bkepley
We never had soda in the schools when I was growing up. Why should we have that freakin' fizzy sugar water in schools?

IIRC, the vending machines got in because the schools would get a cut of sales.

Someone noted on another thread that sales at the convenience stores that abound near most schools will likely skyrocket.

44 posted on 05/04/2006 10:04:05 AM PDT by maryz
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To: mysterio
"The amount of control people are willing to give up to government is amazing. Even small things like what refreshment we may consume are controlled."

School lunches have existed for decades, and somebody in authority decides the menus. That's just the way it is. Soda happens to be a major contributor to obesity and Type-2 diabetes, so eliminating it from schools is a good idea, even if liberals are behind it. I hate to think that there is something in conservatism that is against a healthy diet. If so, that is an argument against conservatism.
45 posted on 05/04/2006 10:14:18 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Zeddicus
"I've never thought it was a good idea to have soda in the schools, and the politics of whose idea it was to get rid of it is irrevelant."

I agree - see post 45. I think that conservatives should be as concerned about their children's health as liberals are, and excessive consumption of soda is VERY bad for health. It is arguably the most damaging thing in our diet.
46 posted on 05/04/2006 10:18:02 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Steve_Seattle

Conservatism is not about removing choices and personal responsibility because the nanny state feels people are too stupid to have freedom. You've been duped.


47 posted on 05/04/2006 10:23:01 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: mysterio
"Conservatism is not about removing choices and personal responsibility because the nanny state feels people are too stupid to have freedom. You've been duped."

Public schools exist, and they have lunchrooms, and it is nothing new that those lunchrooms have a menu that includes some things and excludes others. This is not about the "nanny state," about giving radical new power to the government, but using the government's existing authority to make better choices about what is offered in school lunch menus, to protect the health of children. I am not a food prude who things people should never have sweets, but it is very unhealthy for children to drink soda as an everyday drink with virtually every meal. In case you haven't noticed, there is a virtual epidemic of obesity and Type-2 diabetes in this country, and it is affecting people at a younger age every year. I am not prepared to concede that protecting the health of children is a liberal issue that conservatives should oppose. I think it's silly and reactionary to oppose healthy lunches in schools.
48 posted on 05/04/2006 10:30:09 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Steve_Seattle
It is nothing more than an extension of the war on smokers. This is the beginning of a war on obesity that will see government making many food choices for us and trying to control the way we eat. Government cares more about these issues now because we demanded they pay for our health care. So we have given government a blank check to try and control our unhealthy habits.

If you think any of this is about health, you've been duped again. It's about money, power, and control. The well of smokers is running dry, so now they have to drill a new one. These are just the first tentacles of that monster.
49 posted on 05/04/2006 10:36:14 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: ejroth

Hooray! Public schools have failed at teaching kids how to read, write, or do arithmetic, but I know I'll sleep better tonight knowing that they won't be drinking any 7-Up or Pepsi. </sarc>


50 posted on 05/04/2006 10:36:17 AM PDT by Libertarian444
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