Improving Trends for Beverages in Elementary Schools
July 12, 2012
The following is an archived post
A recent study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine examined the availability of competitive beverages in U.S. public schools and discovered that schools are increasingly removing less healthy options and sticking with water, low-fat milk and 100% juice.
At FISD, we have long sought to not only meet the beverage guidelines as recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) for all age groups, but to exceed them whenever possible. What is interesting for us, however, is that independent schools are not subject to USDA standards and may have other relationships with various groups (including student groups) or vendors that provide outlets or purchasing opportunities for sugary beverages or competitive beverages. School preference and philosophy is also a factor. While all of this tends to be more relevant with older age groups, the importance of an ongoing dialogue with our schools is clear, as is informing them of trends in all sectors and spheres.