Fairfax Co. Schools to Pilot Soda Ban in 7 High Schools

August 26, 2013 2:27 PM1 comment

Beginning in September, Fairfax County Public Schools will be conducting a regular soda ban pilot in seven of its 25 high schools. Soda products are not currently available in any Fairfax County public school during the school day, except for adult purchases in teachers’ lounges.

This ban will remove regular soda products from the after-school soda machines in each of the seven participating schools: Chantilly, Falls Church, Langley, Marshall, and West Potomac high schools; Lake Braddock Secondary School; and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Student and parent after-school fundraisers such as snack bars and booster clubs are excluded from this pilot.

In the participating schools, 47 existing soda machines will be replaced with 37 new, state-of-the-art glass front beverage machines, with the costs of the new machines covered by the Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo. The new items will include diet sodas, diet and unsweetened teas, coconut waters, V-8 Fusion Juice, SoBe Lifewaters, Propel Zeros, and G2 Gatorade products.

 

  • MaureenABA

    It’s commendable that Fairfax area schools are launching this pilot program to replace full-calorie beverages with lower-calorie options. Since 2006, the beverage industry has voluntarily implemented similar efforts by establishing national School Beverage Guidelines. We swapped full-calorie soft drinks for lower-calorie, smaller-portion choices – a move that reduced the number of beverage calories shipped to our nation’s schools by 90%.

    -Maureen Beach, American Beverage Association

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