Little Cash Buys Lots Of Calories

At the corner store, a little more than $1 will get you an 8-ounce soft drink, bag of chips, candy, gum and a popsicle. That adds up to about 356 pretty much empty calories. And about half of all urban grade school students stop by that corner store at least once a day, 5 days a week. Even worse, 30% go twice a day. These results were taken from a study of 800 Philadelphia students enrolled in grades 4 through 6, which is published in the November issue of the journal Pediatrics.

The Bigger Picture: That same dollar and change would have bought a fresh banana and an apple or an orange. Convincing young children to eat their fruits and vegetables might not be an easy task, but sparing them an extra 356 less-than-nutritious calories a day will be well worth the effort.
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