What’s the trend of availability of sugary drinks in American elementary schools?
Surveys were sent by researchers at the University of Illinois, Chicago, to a representative sample of elementary schools for five school years (2006-2007 through 2010-2011) to determine the availability of different types of drinks (bottled water, 100% juice, lower-fat milk, sugary drinks, low-calorie beverages, and higher-fat milk).
In 2008-2009, the availability of the less healthy drinks peaked at 61.3%. It fell to 59.8% in 2009-2010 and again in 2010-2011 to 54.7%.
Progress is being made, but it’s slow. Parental pressure is needed to counteract the influence unhealthy drink manufacturers have on our children.
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