Healthy School Nutrition Environment

Soft Drinks in Wyoming Schools:
Health vs. Revenue Issues

The link between good nutrition and good education is clearly demonstrated by higher test
scores, better attendance and fewer behavior problems in school.

 Former Secretary of Agriculture, Dan Glickman

In a nutshell
Nationwide as well as in Wyoming, many schools and school districts have contracts with soft drink companies that help close the budget gaps for those schools and districts. However, at current levels, consumption of soft drinks by American youth is detrimental to their health. Along with decreases in physical activity and increases in consumption of other calorie-dense foods, high intakes of soft drinks are contributing to the rapidly rising rates of obesity in children. Obesity increases the risk of serious disorders, including diabetes and heart disease. The sugar contained in soft drinks is cariogenic, and the acidity can erode teeth. By displacing more nutritious beverages such as milk and other calcium-containing beverages, high intakes of carbonated soft drinks can increase the risk of osteoporosis. Additionally, the caffeine content of some beverages can contribute to behavioral problems in children at school as well as in other settings. 

Summary of Health-Related Issues

Summary of Revenue Issues

Compiled by Judy Barbe, MS, RD, Western Dairy Council, and Suzy Pelican, MS, RD, UW Cooperative Extension Service food and nutrition specialist, and WIN Wyoming coordinator. 0202

 WIN Wyoming educates people to respect body-size diversity and to enjoy the benefits of
active living, pleasurable and healthful eating, and positive self-image.

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