OK is One Step Ahead of Soft Drink Ban

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An agreement to eliminate high-calorie soft drinks from schools announced by former President Clinton and soft drink distributors is already the law in Oklahoma.

Two years ago the legislature passed a law to prohibit non-nutritious snacks from elementary schools and only on special occasions at middle schools. High schools are required to offer healthy foods along with snacks.

Wednesday, Cadbury Schweppes, Coca-Cola, Pepsico and the American Beverage Association agreed with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the William J- Clinton Foundation to provide lower-calorie or nutritious drinks instead of sugary sodas.

The companies will remove full-calorie sodas and low-nutrient fruit drinks from 75 percent of schools by the 2008-2009 school year and from all schools by the following year.

The agreement affects vending machines and concessions open during the school day but not those open during evening events.