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Local School Wins National got milk?(R) Healthiest Student Bodies Contest
Date:12/11/2007

Named South Plantation High School One of the 25 Healthiest Schools in the

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FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The 'got milk?(R)' Milk Mustache marketing campaign, in association with the School Nutrition Association and the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, announced today that South Plantation High School has been selected as one of the 25 healthiest schools in the nation. The recognition is a result of a nationwide search for America's Healthiest Student Bodies -- a national contest aimed at rewarding schools that go the extra mile to promote healthy lifestyles for their students in light of the teen obesity epidemic.

Teen obesity has tripled in the past two decades, raising the concern about what kids are eating. But, according to the new What America Drinks report, a new comprehensive analysis of U.S. beverage consumption, the dramatic increase may be due in part to what they're drinking. Soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages are the leading source of liquid calories in the diets of adolescents and teens are drinking two to three times more nutrient-poor sugary drinks than milk.(1) The Healthiest Student Bodies program was created to draw attention to and help combat the nation's growing teen obesity problem.

South Plantation High School student, Roger Montenegro, logged on to bodybymilk.com to nominate his school for encouraging students to participate in fitness and extracurricular activities as well as for caring about the well-being of its students. Because of their commitment to encouraging healthy lifestyles for their students, South Plantation was chosen as a winner and is now among the elite roster of schools nationwide being rewarded for their dedication to providing healthy choices for students.

"Every school day the 40 million balanced meals provided through the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program provide the nutrit
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