The beverage industry has announced a three-year plan to remove sugary soft drinks from U.S. schools. With many states already enacting bans and studies showing as many as one-third of U.S. children are overweight or about to become so, the industry has felt increasing pressure to stay out of schools.
Features of the plan include:
- High schools will not sell high-calorie soft drinks during the school day, although they can offer diet soft drinks and low-calorie sports drinks.
- Elementary and middle schools will sell only water, 100 percent juice, and fat-free and low-fat milk.