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USA Today reports that while about 50 percent of the nation’s elementary school children had access to “high-fat milk, sodas, sports drinks and fruit drinks” in school cafeterias, snack bars and vending machines, a new study from the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine; the same study indicates that only 16 percent of schoolchildren had access during that year to the water, 100% fruit or vegetable juice, non-fat or 1% milk that the Institute of Medicine recommends that kids should drink.

The study covered 2008-2009.

According to the story, “since the new study was done, bottlers have greatly reduced the shipment of high-calorie drinks (they don't usually supply milk) to schools, says Rob Wescott, a consultant for the American Beverage Association. The biggest drop has occurred in the past 12 months, he says.”

Margo Wootan, of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), tells USA Today, “There has been improvement, but no school should have sugary drinks and high-fat milk.”
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