Eliminating Unhealthy Food

Thursday, January 14, 2010

More and more schools are eliminating unhealthy food choices such as candy, salty snacks and soft drinks. Dr. Edward Hill tells us about a study that looked at the availability of these snacks for school children in the 60 Second Housecall.

Schools in the United States have begun cutting back on certain less nutritious foods and drinks, with Mississippi being one of the states leading the way in the trend.

The Centers for Disease Control surveyed public secondary schools and released data on those where you cannot buy candy, salty snacks, fruit drinks that arent 100 percent juice, sports drinks and soda at school.

The percentage of students who couldnt buy candy or salty snacks increased in 37 of the 40 states that participated in the survey.

When the survey started in 2002, about 46 percent of the students couldnt buy those items at school. That percentage had grown to 64 percent in 2008.

The percentage of secondary school students who couldnt buy soft drinks at school rose in all 34 states tracked from 2006 to 2008. And 23 of those states also nixed sales of sports drinks to students during that time.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.