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High-Calorie Drinks Still Widely Sold in U.S. Elementary Schools
Date:11/2/2010

suggest that parents play an active role in substituting healthy beverages for soda," she said. "Soda is high in calories and simple sugars, and very low with regard to nutrient density. Parents need to be good role models for their kids to help make choosing healthy foods and beverages a priority."

Parents can make a difference, Turner agreed. She suggests parents visit the school and assess the vending machine situation, pushing for changes if needed.

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For more on suggested school nutrition standards, visit the U.S. Institute of Medicine.

SOURCES: Lindsey Turner, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor, nutrition and kinesiology, University of Illinois at Chicago; Robert Wescott, economist, Washington, D.C.; Amy Jamieson-Petonic, R.D., director, coaching, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, and spokeswoman, American Dietetic Association; Nov. 1, 2010, American Beverage Association, statement; Nov. 1, 2010, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, online


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