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Manteca schools soda free for 10 plus years

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POSTED September 13, 2013 11:39 p.m.

California schools have been ahead of many of the new regulations involving vending machines carrying sodas and junk food.

That’s according to Patty Page, who is the director of Nutrition Services at Manteca Unified.

“We have not had sodas on our campus in more than 10 years,” she said on Tuesday. “In addition, we have very limited snack items for sale for the last seven years.”

Rather, MUSD offers healthy options such as water, baked chips, and fruit and vegetables, according to Page.

She was responding to the latest study from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

This government survey found that 44 percent of school districts banned junk food from vending machines, up from 30 percent in 2006.

Fewer districts took a cut of soft drink sales, received donations from soda companies, or allowed soda companies to advertise.

In both cases, CDC considered this to be positive steps towards helping the nation reduce the number of children who are overweight or obese. Those figures continue to hold steady at 17 percent.

The latest study also found:

•    The proportion of school districts that allowed soda companies to advertise soft drinks on school grounds (posters, scoreboard placards, etc.) dropping from 47percent to 34 percent.

•    Of districts that allowed schools to sell soft drinks, the percentage that received a portion of sales receipt fell from 82 percent in 2006 to 69 percent in 2012,

•    Of districts that allowed soda sale, the amount that received cash awards, equipment donations or other incentives from soda companies fell from 52 percent to 34 percent.

•    The percentage that required physical education class in elementary schools stayed flat, at about 94 percent.

More than 800 U.S. school districts were part of the study that takes place every six years by CDC.

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