Schools Cut Back on Candy and Soda Sales
On Monday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report, finding that American high schools and middle schools are selling less candy, soda and salty snacks to their students. According to the Associate Press, the survey included public schools in 34 states, and the results were based on data from 2006 to 2008.
The average proportion of schools' sugary and salty snack sales dropped from 54 percent to 36 percent. As for soda, schools showed a drop of sales from 62 percent to 37 percent. The numbers show the results of efforts to battle childhood obesity in America.
"What kids do in school in large measure dictates what they do away from school," said Dr. Clyde Yancy, president of the American Heart Association.