Restricting Food and Beverage Advertising in Schools

From display ads for soft drinks on vending machines to fast-food logos on book covers and sports scoreboards, students are often surrounded at school by promotions for unhealthy foods. While these ads can bring much-needed revenue to cash-strapped schools, they also promote unhealthy food choices and compromise the educational environment of the school setting.

The good news for parents, nutrition advocates, and school administrators is that schools have broad authority to control commercial messages on their campuses. This fact sheet outlines the steps a community can take to create a school district policy restricting food and beverage advertising.

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