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The Boston Herald reports on a new study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, saying that “the Boston public schools’ ban on sugary drinks has paid off, with high school students drinking fewer even when they’re not at school ... It found sugar-sweetened beverage consumption, inside and outside school, fell from an average of 1.71 servings per day in 2004 to 1.38 servings in 2006.”

The Herald writes that this is “roughly 45 fewer calories daily, enough to eliminate up to 40 percent of the excess calories blamed for the rising average weight in U.S. children, the study said. By comparison, nationwide there was no statistically significant decrease in teens’ sugary-drink consumption between the 2003-04 and 2005-06 school years, according to the study.”

Boston banned the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages in its public schools in 2004. Earlier this year, Mayor Thomas Menino expanded that ban to all city property with an executive order that takes effect in October. And last month, state officials followed Boston’s lead, banning sugary sodas, artificial sweeteners, caffeine and trans fats from public schools by the 2013-2014 school year.
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