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Colorado board to vote on ending diet-soda ban in high schools

Aug 10, 2016 by

A proposal to lift the seven-year ban on diet sodas in Colorado’s high schools would feed a variety of health problems among the state’s school kids, including obesity and tooth decay, health advocates say.

Several groups, including the Colorado PTA, have lined up against the idea, saying it would open school doors to bad health habits and soda companies offering corporate sponsorships to cash-starved school districts.

“Despite what the soda industry is trying to convince us of, we all know that any sort of soda, diet or regular, is absolutely terrible for any of us to drink and especially for kids,” Carrie Godes, special projects coordinator for Garfield County Public Health, wrote to the State Board of Education in objection to the proposal. “I wish that our school had the willpower to resist the temptation, but with funding for schools a constant problem, the ability to bring in revenue from vending operations is too great.”

The state board will consider the change Wednesday at its meeting in Grand Junction. If approved, it would take effect by the 2017-18 school year.

Source: Colorado board to vote on ending diet-soda ban in high schools – The Denver Post

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