Every now and then the CDC surveys the use of “competitive” (translation: junk) foods in public schools. The latest survey reports little change from 2004. About 80% of public schools let kids buy snacks or sodas during school hours, although what those items are varies widely. About 70% of schools sell sports drinks but only about 30% sell fruits and vegetables. Kids can buy bottled water in about 80% of public schools, which makes me wonder whatever happened to free water from drinking fountains. I’ve been in schools that do not sell competitive foods at all. Something to consider?
Next public appearance
New Directions in the Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition: A Festschrift in Honor of Per Pinstrup-Anderson. Cornell University, Statler Hotel Amphitheater. The conference begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and ends with a reception the following day with remarks by professor Pinstrup-Anderson at 2:25 p.m.
My joint contribution with Malden Nesheim is from 1:40-2:00 p.m. on “the internationalization of the obesity epidemic: the case of sugar-sweetened sodas.”