High school students in Putnam County, Tenn., will soon enjoy more beverage options during the day. A ban on carbonated beverages left the school vending machines stocked exclusively with waters, juices and sports drinks. The school board decided to expand the vending offerings to include low- and no-calorie soft drinks.
Interestingly, this week the beverage industry also had an exciting announcement about school beverage options, reporting that 88 percent fewer beverage calories are available in schools! The Final Progress Report on the implementation of our School Beverage Guidelines also shows that we've removed full-calorie sodas from schools, and replaced them with a range of lower-calorie, nutritious, smaller-portion choices. We're proud of our final results and we know our efforts will have a meaningful and lasting impact.