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The Arizona Daily Star reports that the state's Board of Education is considering a test ban on soft drinks and junk food in four of Arizona's public elementary schools and four high schools, beginning next year.

The initiative comes just a week after the American Academy of Pediatrics encouraged all of the nation's public schools to make such a move. The Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the plan on January 26.

While nutritionists express support for the move, concerns already are being raised about how the schools will replace the revenue that the soft drink sales produce for them. Some districts receive hundreds of thousands of dollars for "pouring rights" and in commissions on vending machine sales, and are hard pressed to find replacement revenue sources.
KC's View:
One of the points made at yesterday's FMI Midwinter Executive Conference was that it is much easier to prevent children from becoming obese than it is to try and get the percentage of the US population that is either overweight or obese to drop its excess weight.

If this is true, and it means that health care expenditures will be lessened because of healthier kids, there ought to be a way to help these schools with their funding issues.

Many schools already are dramatically underfunded. If we're serious about education in this country, and serious about dealing with the obesity issue, then let's prove it.