Some kids across Iowa might be grumbling about not getting their caffeine fixes, but many soft drink companies are agreeing not to sell sugar-filled soda in schools. Davenport Schools spokeswoman Karen Farley says the pop ban is just fine with her, as the decision fits in with the city’s new wellness policy for students.
Farley says pop is a big seller, especially at the high schools, but it’ll be a lot better for the students if their only choices are waters, flavored waters and low-sugar juices.
Farley says school administrators will not become the food police and backpacks will not be searched for junk food. She says “Students, for the most part, want to do the right thing, they want to make the decisions that are right. So we’re hoping most kids will be able to, not only abide by the policy, but will really see the benefit of making those changes.”
As part of that policy, Farley says “unhealthy junk food” is being removed from the vending machines. She says kids will adapt, even though it may bring a short-term dip in sales. Davenport’s new wellness policy also includes classroom education about leading healthier lives.