Bottlers Agree to a School Ban on Sweet Drinks

Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Cadbury-Schweppes have agreed to stop selling high-sugar, high-calorie sodas in schools across the country. They will be replaced with bottled water, low-fat milk, and 8oz servings of unsweetened fruit juice. High schools will also be allowed diet sodas. This agreement is voluntary, but, with any luck, nearly 100% of public, private, and parochial schools will be participating by 2010.

This plan was made possible in part by the initiative of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a combined effort of the William J. Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association, which helped beverage companies develop new guidelines for schools. I just found out about this organization, and it’s pretty cool.

In other news, a man in Mexico weighing an estimated 1,200 lbs. may be undergoing gastric bypass surgery with the help of an Italian doctor. At 40 years old, he is otherwise healthy despite the fact that he “weighs the same as five baby elephants.” How does that even happen?….
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