School Districts in Mid-Michigan Cutting Caffeinated Beverages

By: A.J. Hilton Email
By: A.J. Hilton Email

There's a chance it won't be soda kids will be drinking this upcoming school year. The Mid-Michigan School Beverage Consortium, a group of close to 50 school districts in Mid-Michigan agreed to a seven year agreement with Pepsi Co. to sell beverages in the participating schools. The agreement does not include most carbonated drinks.

"We will not be offering sugary, carbonated beverages in the school districts for student consumption," said Business and Grant Supervisor Janet Yachim of the Ingham Intermediate School District. "There will be more juices available instead."

Yachim works with the Ingham Intermediate School District, the leading district in administering the plan. Yachim says a final number for how much school districts will receive has not been settled, but by the districts working together-- they increased their worth to the soft drink giant. Extra commissions benefit each district.

"The collaboration on this really works out well because we can put the funds right back into the district," said Yachim.

Each school in the beverage consortium will make decisions based on their own individual need. For example the location of the vending machine, along with the types of beverages available.

"If the school takes into consideration the nutritional needs of young people-- that's what they ought to do when they make these contracts with beverage companies," said Dr. Dean Sienko, Director of Ingham County Health Department.

The measures in the new contract are intended to address obesity-related concerns of the youth.

"There is a strive towards healthier products, and coming to the table, the beverage companies actually have said by their own standards they're going to offer healthier products," said Yachim.

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  • by Sarah Location: Jackson on Jun 28, 2007 at 08:14 PM
    These students will never learn to think for themselves if they are always told what to do or what they can or cannot do.
  • by nursing student Location: Grand Rapids on Jun 28, 2007 at 02:36 PM
    I sure hope they are picking low-sugar juices...they can have just as much, if not more, sugar than carbonated sodas!! Even better is low/no sugar 100% juice!!
  • by Jamie Location: Sunfield on Jun 28, 2007 at 08:10 AM
    Good one Sandra form Jackson County. I grew up eating nothing but pop and snacks. JUNK!!! Now I have a 6 years old and this does not happen anymore. My snack cupboard has 3 shelfs in it. I only have 1 box of popcorn in that cupboard. I think what the schools are trying to do is great! It IS NOT a controll thing. It is just getting these young adults to make good choices when it comes to food. What you eat now helps you later. In my family there has been strokes, heart attacks( i lost my father-in-law to that) , and kidney stones. All due to HFCS, like what Sandra said. Sugar is junk. Giving these young adult the chance to taste the GOOD STUFF is important. Fruit is my candy. Taste better every bite. :)
  • by David Location: MI on Jun 28, 2007 at 07:20 AM
    I'm not sure it should be up to the schools to decide what students should or should not consume as far as beverages and food. It should be up to the sudents and parents to show some responsibility here.
  • by sandra Location: Jackson county on Jun 27, 2007 at 03:30 PM
    This sounds like an excellent, well-thought out approach to providing students with healthier choices - can those who are making this contract also prevent the choices from including the products made with High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS - Horrible Freakin' Cheap Stuff ) ??
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