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Assembly moves to ban sports drinks from schools

Officials praise bill, but students hope sugary drinks stay

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Posted: Thursday, March 1, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 10:55 am, Thu Mar 1, 2012.

McKayla Barton relies on sports drinks on a daily basis.

“The day I don’t get my Powerade, I don’t run as fast,” said Barton, 15. On Tuesday a blue Powerade replaced her lunch. She says it gives her an energy boost to make it through the day at Tokay High School without crashing.

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  • Mike Adams posted at 8:35 am on Sun, Mar 4, 2012.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1565

    For clarification's sake, it was republican governor Arnold Schwartsexyz who had soft drinks and candy banned from school campuses. Please put the blame for further bans where it belongs rather than blaming everything on democrats or liberals.

    If thousands and thousands of republicans were duped enough to vote for a democrat
    pretending to be a republican, that's not the democrat's fault. Arnold attempted several movements to push what the cons are always saying are "socialist". Next time you vote to unseat a legally elected governor because you don't like him, do your homework.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 6:23 pm on Fri, Mar 2, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Legislating behavior is never a good thing, just like seat belt laws and bike helmet laws (OK - I know everyone is going to say those are good things), but so is limiting access to these types of drinks. Is it better to do advertising campaigns to educate parents and adults?

    Advertising on TV is full of 5 Hour Energy commercials - stores are full of Rock Star and Monster-type drinks. When did we all start to NEED this stuff? Go to Starbucks and you will see mothers purchasing 1000 calorie coffee drinks for their 8-year olds!

    Where did I see this - maybe that crazy show with the two women who drink wine at 9AM - Starbucks? is offering "babyccinos" - cappuccino for infants!!! Because they found that mothers who come in for their daily fix of caffeine think they should also hook their infants on the drug, too.

    I agree with Mr. Vandelay - Why do kids today think they need extra energy? Go to bed at a decent hour instead of texting your friends all night long or video chatting all night long. Exercise makes one sleep better and helps the body make its own energy.

  • Arthur Vandelay posted at 11:56 am on Thu, Mar 1, 2012.

    Arthur Vandelay Posts: 34

    While I disagree with Andrew's characterization of the bill as "socialist", I completely agree that the bill is flawed. As Andrew pointed out, fruit juices are not much better with regard to sugar content.

    Why are these drinks even offered in a school in the first place? Judging by the photo it doesn't look like they're from vending machines. Are they part of the lunch line? Why does the district need to buy anything other than water or milk for school lunches? That's all we had when I was in school. (And get off my lawn, too.)

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 11:21 am on Thu, Mar 1, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2108

    Don't get me wrong i don't want the government involved in this, but i do think the schools are doing our kids a real disservice by telling them that junk like Powerade is good for them. Kind of like the pizza is a vegetable thing.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 11:15 am on Thu, Mar 1, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2108

    For the sake of complete disclosure, here are the nutritional facts on Powerade: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/beverages/9234/2

    It is pretty dismal. Gatorade isn't much better.

    In contrast: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/beverages/3972/2

    In our house fresh brewed green tea (Pom-blueberry usually) is the go-to drink for energy. Thou a nice cherry or mango/orange tea goes over really well.

    I use to drink Gatorade or powerade when i was being active and when i sweated, i got sticky. The two never did much for me but i believed the hype about them. About ten years ago I discovered green tea and never looked back. Start sipping it before the event and feel that energy kick in every time. When I have to drive through the night (best tie to travel with kids since they sleep) it takes about 64 oz of green tea and I am awake and alert through out the night, an usually throug the next day.

  • Andrew Conley posted at 8:24 am on Thu, Mar 1, 2012.

    Andrew Conley Posts: 6

    oooooooof course, another BLANKING democrat coming in and trying to make a school a "healthier environment." This is ridiculous. So you are denying somebody to be able to rejuvenate their body with electrolytes after or even before a workout? They do know that when you work out you do lose electrolytes right? Water doesn't have the ability to replace those things. And the fact that you will still have fruit drinks is a catch-22 because they still have sugars too.

    Then this joke of a person, George Khoury, has the gal to say that people in San Joaquin county are not smart. HOW DARE YOU DECLARE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTY AS IGNORANT!!!!! I DEMAND AN APOLOGY FROM THIS MUDDER BLANKER!!!!

    This entire bill that is trying to be passed by these BLANKING Liberals is completely Socialist. How dare they try and regulate what we, American Citizens, can or can't drink or eat. Our health is not their responsibility. The only people that should be allowed to regulate what we eat or drink are our parents. But, they should only have that ability til we, as THEIR children, can make our own decisions.



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