Soft Drinks

Schools should help parents teach good nutrition, not help companies like Coca-Cola and PepsiCo hook children on their high-sugar products.

American children are suffering from an epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes. We campaign to expel soft drink manufacturers from schools across the country.

States, cities and school districts should adopt the Childhood Obesity Prevention Agenda to stop the marketing and sale of soft drinks and junk food in schools.

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News Releases

Soda Deal for Schools Is Weak on Marketing and Enforcement, Says Commercial Alert
Gary Ruskin | May 3rd, 2006

Benzene in Some Soft Drinks Prompts Call for Halt on Sales in Schools
Gary Ruskin | March 23rd, 2006

USDA Won’t Enforce Rules Against Junk Food Sales in Schools
Gary Ruskin | June 14th, 2005

Commercial Alert Criticizes National PTA Over Coke Sponsorship
Gary Ruskin | June 4th, 2003

Childhood Obesity Prevention Campaign Launched
Gary Ruskin | April 2nd, 2003

Coalition Wants Schools to Stop Pushing Junk Food on Children
Gary Ruskin and Jim Metrock | July 12th, 2000

Nader, Commercial Alert Ask Seattle School Board to Reject Coke Deal
Gary Ruskin | October 5th, 1998


Kennedy Introduces Bill to Ban Junk Food From Schools Nationwide
Gary Ruskin | April 18th, 2005

The Fast Food Trap: How Commercialism Creates Overweight Children
Gary Ruskin | October 31st, 2003

Related Articles and Links

Related Articles

Request From a Mom: Stop, Now, Please!
Karen Showalter | Huffington Post | May 25th, 2014

The Sea Change in School Food
Chef Ann Cooper | US News and World Report | March 19th, 2014

Brands continue to target fast food marketing at kids
Liza Ramrayka | The Guardian | February 24th, 2014

Parents, experts decry junk food marketing in schools
Loren Grush | | January 14th, 2014

Gatorade's G Force Leaves No Sweat Behind
Natalie Zmuda | Ad Age | September 10th, 2013

Fewer school districts promote soda sales or allow junk food in vending machines, survey says
Associated Press | Washington Post | August 26th, 2013

Pepsi Partners With Michael Jackson's Estate
Associated Press | May 3rd, 2012

Phoenixville Area School District explores advertising opportunities
Frank Otto | The Mercury | March 30th, 2012

Coke-built playgrounds stirs obesity debate
Julie Deardorff and Chicago Tribune | Washington Post | March 5th, 2012

Across the country, school advertising seen to boost education budget - but at what cost?
Nina Terrero | NBC Latino | March 2nd, 2012

New Guidelines Planned on School Vending Machines
RON NIXON | The New York Times | February 21st, 2012

Coca-Cola to Boost Marketing Efforts
Paul Ziobro | Wall Street Journal | February 10th, 2012

Coca-Cola's New Tumblr Shares Happiness
Lisa Lacy | ClickZ | January 12th, 2012

Junk food may be returning to school vending machines in Seattle
Brian M. Rosenthal | Seattle Times | December 12th, 2011

Untangling OFWs, Happiness, and Coke (Or Why this Coca-Cola Ad is Short-Circuiting My Brain)
Alex Felipe | Basics | December 7th, 2011

Young athletes and energy drinks: A bad mix?
Robyn Norwood | USA TODAY | December 2nd, 2011

Board to Consider Advertising at Basilone Field
Mike Deak | Bridgewater Patch | November 18th, 2011

Soda Bans in Schools Have Limited Impact
ANAHAD O'CONNOR | The New York Times | November 8th, 2011

Coca-Cola suspends French investment over pop tax
CBC News | September 8th, 2011

Boston launches ad campaign against sugary beverages
Boston Globe | September 7th, 2011

CSPI 'Campaign' Targets Sugary Beverages
Advertising Age | September 1st, 2011

Teens, young men way over limit on sugary drinks
Reuters | August 31st, 2011

Coke Intros Freestyle Digital Replica App
Media Daily Online | August 26th, 2011

Study: Boston schools' sugary drinks ban paid off
Worester Telegram | August 10th, 2011

Pepsi Takes Active Role in ‘X Factor’
The New York Times | August 5th, 2011

School Ban on Soda Has Greatest Effect on Black Students
My Healthy News Daily | July 22nd, 2011

Drink-size guidelines in schools present market opportunity for mini-can, says Ball
Food Production Daily | July 21st, 2011

PepsiCo's in the Hood, Promoting Health, Community and Culture
Brand Channel | July 19th, 2011

As SF Denounces Soda, Coca-Cola Donates $250,000 to Parks
The Bay Citizen | July 7th, 2011

AMA wants further study on taxing sugar-sweetened soft drinks
Heart Key | June 22nd, 2011

CDC: High school students drink too much soda, don't exercise enough
CNN | June 17th, 2011

Calif Panel Shelves Soda Tax Bill Designed To Help Curb Obesity
California Healthline | April 27th, 2011

Texas lawmakers to debate soda tax
San Antonio Business Journal | April 21st, 2011

Beverage Labeling Initiative Urges Honest Calorie Listing On 20-Ounce Bottles
The Consumerist | March 29th, 2011

Can Dr Pepper's Mid-Cal Soda Score a 10 With Men?
Advertising Age | February 22nd, 2011

Pepsi Uses “Influencers” to Launch a New Product
Patricia Odell | PROMO Magazine | June 18th, 2009

A Sober Look at Ads and Children
Linda Matchan | The Boston Globe | May 17th, 2009

Coca-Cola Testing Interactive Vending Machines
Patricia Odell | PROMO Magazine | April 3rd, 2009

Pepsi Porch Opens at New York Mets New Home
Patricia Odell | PROMO Magazine | March 31st, 2009

Coke To 'Unleash' On Hispanic Community
Karl Greenberg | MediaDailyNews | March 31st, 2009

FTC Could Set Standards for Food Marketing Aimed at Teens
Ira Teinowitz | Advertising Age | March 11th, 2009

'Saturday Night Live' Acts as Ad Agency for Pepsi
Brian Steinberg | Advertising Age | February 5th, 2009

Mountain Dew Sets Its Sights on Video-Game Market
Andrew Hampp | Advertising Age | December 11th, 2008

Diet Coke Launches 'Style Series' in Unusual Places
Andrew Hampp | Advertising Age | December 10th, 2008

Anti-Energy Drink Fuels Concerns Over Marketing
Jemimah Noonoo | Houston Chronicle | November 28th, 2008

Bottlers Agree to a School Ban on Sweet Drinks
Marian Burros and Melanie Warner | The New York Times | May 4th, 2006

Sugary Drinks To Be Pulled From Schools
Caroline Mayer | Washington Post | May 3rd, 2006

Hazardous To Your Health
Nicholas D. Kristof | The New York Times | April 11th, 2006

Cutting Sugary Drinks Can Reduce Body Fat
Susan Brink | Los Angeles Times | March 13th, 2006

Hard Times for Soft Drinks
Michael Blanding | Alternet | March 13th, 2006

Big Soda vs. Our Kids: Better Beware of Benzene in Soda Pop
Ross Getman | Providence Journal | March 12th, 2006

FDA Knew of Benzene Problem in Sodas Years Ago
Suzanne Havala Hobbs | Charlotte Observer | March 8th, 2006

FDA Again Finds Benzene in Sodas
David Goldstein | Knight Ridder Newspapers | March 4th, 2006

FDA Re-opens Probe into Benzene Contamination of Soft Drinks
Beverage Daily | February 15th, 2006

Junk Food Nation: Who's to Blame for Childhood Obesity?
Gary Ruskin and Juliet Schor | The Nation | August 11th, 2005

The Fairy Tale About Soft Drink Nutrition Won't Sell
Derrick Z. Jackson | Boston Globe | November 30th, 2004

Coke Finds Its Exclusive School Contracts Aren't So Easily Given Up
Betsy McKay | Wall Street Journal | May 26th, 2001

School Board Ditches Contract with Coca-Cola
Doug Erickson | Wisconsin State Journal | August 29th, 2000

External Links

Center for Informed Food Choices

Relation Between Consumption of Sugar-sweetened Drinks and Childhood Obesity: a Prospective, Observational Analysis
Ludwig, Peterson, & Gortmaker, The Lancet | February 17, 2001

Liquid Candy: How Soft Drinks are Harming Americans' Health
Michael F. Jacobson, Center for Science in the Public Interest |

Soft Drinks in Schools
American Academy of Pediatrics | January, 2004

Preventing Childhood Obesity by Reducing Consumption of Carbonated Drinks: Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial
Janet James et al., British Medical Journal

Sugar-Sweetened Beverages, Weight Gain, and Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes in Young and Middle-Aged Women
Matthias Schultze et al.,JAMA | August 25, 2004

Effects of Decreasing Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption on Body Weight in Adolescents: A Randomized, Controlled Pilot Study
Cara B. Ebbeling, PhD, et al., Pediatrics, March 2006 |

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