New research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows more than half of middle and high schools have purged the pop since the 2006-2007 school year. That year, 53.6 percent of high schools and 27.4 percent of middle schools gave students access to soda. In the 2010-2011 those numbers dropped to 25.3 in high schools and 12.5 percent in middle schools, reports Sarah Kliff for The Washington Post.
"You have policymakers at the state level, and also more local, moving policies into this directions," said researcher Yvonne Terry-McElrath. "You have policymakers at the state level, and also more local, moving policies into this direction. I also think you're seeing movement from parents and individuals who are becoming more aware of what is and isn't healthy."
That is the case in Kentucky. Under a state law passed a few years ago, students can only buy school-day-approved beverages — 100 percent fruit juice, lowfat milk and any beverage that contains no more than 10 grams of sugar per serving — during the school day. It may benefit reporters to ask school administrators though if there are vending machines at school that sell soda after the school day is finished, however.
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But one study of 20,000 students found no correlation between obesity rates and access to soda at school. "The research is pretty mixed," Terry-McElrath said.