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Dentists and Parents Complain about the Selling of Soft Drinks in Toledo Schools

Magazine article Curriculum Administrator

Dentists and Parents Complain about the Selling of Soft Drinks in Toledo Schools

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A group of dentists and parents concerned about soft drinks affecting student health are asking to speak with Toledo, Ohio, school officials about the number of soda machines in city high schools. School board President Larry Sykes told the Associated Press that he's willing to meet with parents about their concerns even though he hasn't seen any documentation that soft drinks are bad.

Dentists say students are consuming more soda, which causes an increased number of cavities and other health problems.

During the last year, 11,153 cases of Coca-Cola beverages were sold in Toledo's seven high schools.

Lee Scott, vice president of public affairs for Coca-Cola Bottling's Eastern Great Lakes region, said it's unfair for dentists and others to criticize Coke.

"We have stated this before: There's absolutely nothing wrong with drinking soft drinks as a part of a well-balanced, nutritional diet," he said.

Dr. Robert Murray, a pediatrician at Children's Hospital in Columbus, disagrees. …

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