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Diet pop sales flat at schools as kids find ways around ban

December 30, 2008
By Omaha World Herald


dietpopDec. 30, 2008 – Over the past year and a half, middle and high schools have removed
regular pop from vending machines and have replaced it with diet pop,
water and sometimes juice or sports drinks.

Omaha Benson High School
sophomore Matae Green, 15,
grabs a soft drink
on his way
to school. Howell's BP, a gas
station at 52nd Street and the

Northwest Radial, is where many
Benson students buy nondiet pop

The goal: slow childhood obesity by changing what's available to
students during the school day. A 20-ounce bottle of Mountain Dew — a
favorite at many high schools — has more than 18 teaspoons of sugar
and/or corn syrup and no nutritional value.

But diet pop isn't selling well in many Omaha-area schools.

At Ralston High, for example, the number of beverage cases needed to
fill the vending machines during the 2007-08 year — when the Rams first
made the switch — dropped by 48 percent compared with the year before.
The machines have Coke Zero, diet sodas, water, flavored waters and