Want to improve the nutritional quality of snack foods and beverages sold at your school? The NEA HIN "Bag the Junk" policy brief was created to help advocates take action to remove unhealthy junk foods and beverages from school vending machines, cafeteria a la carte lines, school stores and fundraisers.
Tough economic times often mean shrinking school budgets, leading many schools to sell junk foods and beverages in vending machines, school stores and cafeteria à la carte lines to raise money. But what is the real cost of these seemingly harmless money-makers?
Sports drinks have become a popular alternative to sodas and high-calorie drinks for school-age children. But given the limited amount of physical activity most students participate in at school, should these types of beverages be sold in schools? The "Sports Drinks in Schools" fact sheet provides information about sports drinks, how accessible they are in schools, and recommends limiting access or removing sports drinks from schools.