PDA Supports Healthy Beverages in Schools

PDA opposes exclusive pouring rights contracts between Pennsylvania schools and soda beverage companies. These contracts prohibit students from accessing beverages other than soda while at school. PDA recommends schools allow students the option of healthy beverages such as milk and juice to reduce the amount of tooth decay and number of health-related diseases that develop from drinking too many carbonated beverages.

The following statistics reveal the health crisis many Americans face from consuming too much soda:

  • Soda beverages perpetuate problems for 84 percent of children already suffering from significant tooth decay.
  • Soda beverage consumption is correlated with obesity, which has increased in children and adults. From 1960 to 2000, obesity rates in adults rose from 13.3 to 30.9 percent. Approximately 15.5 percent of children are overweight or obese.
  • Teenage girls only consume 60 percent of the recommended amounts for calcium, increasing the risk of osteoporosis.
  • Highly carbonated diets increase the risk of heart disease, kidney stones and caffeine addiction.