Moving sodas won#039;t solve

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 31, 2006

obesity problem

A number of soda distributors recently have agreed to take their regular drinks out of elementary and middle schools across the nation, just as Alabama schools are adopting nutrition guidelines that will dictate healthier snacks.

It's a good start, but it won't solve the obesity problems becoming more prevalent in our youth.

If parents continue to allow children to consume sugary, caffeinated drinks at home, doing without soft drinks during school hours won't fix the problem.

Neither will giving children more vegetables in their school lunch. I they haven't learned to eat fruits and vegetables by the time they reach public schools, healthy lunches won't fix the problem.

Like many other problems, this one begins at home, where parents need to encourage nutritious meals and snacks, plenty of physical activity, and limited television and computer time.

This is one problem public schools can't fix. – Andalusia Star-News