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CDC recognizes Arizona's efforts to get junk food out of schools

By Julie Steigerwald - email

PHOENIX, AZ (KOLD) - Arizona schools are making big strides to get children to eat healthier.  The Centers for Disease Control reports the number of secondary schools in Arizona where students could not purchase items like candy and soda, increased significantly between 2006 and 2008. 

The CDC study found that in 2008, in 66.6% of secondary schools in Arizona, students could not purchase chocolate candy, other candy, baked goods and salty snacks that are not low in fat, and soda or fruit drinks that are not 100% juice. 

The percentage of secondary schools in Arizona in which students could not purchase soda or fruit drinks increased from 56.9% in 2006 to 81% in 2008. 

The percentage of secondary schools in Arizona in which students could not purchase candy or salty snacks not low in fat increased from 56.2% in 2006 to 71.7% in 2008.

In a press release from the Arizona Department of Education, State Superintendent Tom Horne says, "I am pleased that the school health policies and programs in our state have led to impressive improvements in the foods and beverages available to students.  It is so important to have healthy habits when you are young and growing so you can have healthy habits as an adult.  Students that eat healthier, typically, perform better." 

For more information on state program efforts, visit www.ade.az.gov

To access School Health Profiles results for Arizona, visit CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health, School Health Profiles Web site at www.cdc.gov/schoolhealthprofiles.

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