End of Year Three
The Minnesota 2008-2009 progress report shows:
1) We committed to taking calories out of schools … and we DELIVERED!
- We removed full-calorie soft drinks from all schools;
- We ensured that the remaining beverages in schools are low/no calorie, smaller portioned and age-appropriate;
- MN Bottlers for a number of years have worked closely with MN School Districts to provide healthy options for MN students- school districts have included vending policies in their wellness plans.
- Overall calories from beverage shipments to schools are down and dramatic change is being made to the beverage mix in schools.
2) Calories are leaving schools across Minnesota:
- 85% fewer calories from all beverages were provided to Minnesota schools.
- Shipments of full-calorie soft drinks are down 98% in MN schools during that time period.
- And after the third year, 98% of Minnesota beverage contracts between schools and beverage companies are in compliance.
We’re making wholesale changes to the beverage choices in schools:
- The mix of beverage choices is changing dramatically in schools under the direction of the school districts, parents and teachers.
- We’re further reducing calories in schools by:
- Capping calories, particularly in sports drinks, enhanced waters, 100% juice and juice products;
- Providing smaller portion sizes.
- The guidelines provide for nutritious options and the MN School Districts work closely with the beverage industry to bring about real change.
Bottom Line: The Progress Report Shows Compliance with the Guidelines- The Industry is Making it Happen!
- We committed to cut calories in schools and we did it.
- It’s all part of a broader effort to teach children the importance of a balanced diet and exercise.