Friday, September 16, 2005

Coke Diet, Diet Coke, Out On CA School Campuses

Citing a statewide obsecity epidemic, Schwarzenegger signed bills today to extend the school soda ban to high schools and raise nutritional standards in CA schools.

My inner runner, responsible adult says "good for you."

My inner child says "awww, man, c'mon, that sucks."

My inner pragmatist says the beverage companies shouldn't worry about losing money because they all make water, juice, and sports drinks - all of which are still allowed. And of course, frankly, many of those things are just as sugary as soda, but I guess the 5% fruit juice gives them the edge.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wasn't there a push to have FEWER strings imposed by Sacramento on local schools?

Whether soda sales are a good idea strikes me as an issue more appropriate for school boards than the state legislature!

Josh said...

Now maybe they will get around to providing education in schools.

Bethany said...

In Minnesota (the state that shoudl serve as a model to all others), we weren't allowed to sell soda in the schools. I dont' see what the big beef is. If we took the initiative to fund our schools adequately so that they don't rely on coke contracts to make ends meet, school districts might be less inclined to let their students be amped up on caffeine all day in the first place. Unfortunately, we're all about breaking promises and not about the kids these days, so it puts the districts in the tough position of relying on creative ways (read junk food contractors) to generate revenue. Sad.

But CD's right, the juice and stuff is JUST as bad.

EastBayRockStar said...

I read that in Philly, their schools allow Milk, Water, and REAL juice-and that's it. Nice and simple. No news on whether those delicious steaks ruin the effect...

cd said...

I can't remember having sodas on campus when I was in school - until I hit high school (which was on the CSUDH campus, so that's already a bit odd). I struggeled through alright.

Other kids should.

It'd be nice if schools and parents had the collective strength to say no to their kids. Sadly, that's seldom the case.

Brad said...

Kids already can't buy sodas at my high school. But we have a soda machine in the teacher's lounge, just to mock the poor suckers.