On the Beat in Bluffton

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

N-B Links: 'The Problem: Sugary Drinks Are a Major Contributor to the Obesity Epidemic'

At Bluffton High School, students are unable to use the soda vending machines or bring soft drinks into classrooms during school hours.

Bluffton is just one of many high schools across the country that has restrictions on soft drinks. This is due to the effort to provide a healthier environment for students by reducing the consumption of sugary beverages.

“As an educator, it is important to help our students not only learn inside the classroom but also become well-rounded adults and healthy citizens,” BHS Principal Steve Baker said.

Two out of three adults and one out of three children in the United States are overweight. According to an online article, “Sugary Drinks and Obesity Fact Sheet” from the Harvard University School of Public Health, “Rising consumption of sugary drinks is a major contributor to the obesity epidemic.”

For more on the fact sheet, click here, and check out, "You like soft drinks, but do they like you?" on Page 8 of the Wednesday, Oct. 29, News-Banner.

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