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Document Number: 4860

School Commercialism, Student Health, and the Pressure To Do More With Less - This report notes the current landscape of the commercialism-in-schools debate, particularly as such commercialism pertains to the selling and marketing of food and drinks of limited nutritional value. The author references exclusive contracts with soft drink vendors, the health risks associated with soft drink consumption, the potential targeting of children as a marketing demographic, and recent legislation and litigation. The appendix includes a listing of federal and state legislation (enacted, pending and failed) on school food policies from 1999-2003. (Alex Molnar, Arizona State University, July 2003)...

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