Soda and other sugary soft drinks will no longer be sold in school vending machines and cafeterias under new rules approved by the Colorado Board of Education.
High school students will still be allowed to buy low-calorie sport drinks under the regulations. But, board members voted to bar diet soda.
The rules take effect July 1, 2009, or when a school district completes its contract with a distributor.
The unanimous board vote Wednesday followed testimony by parents and medical experts who said only healthy choices should be available in schools.
Last spring, the state Legislature adopted a bill barring all but healthy beverages in schools, but directed the board to decide which drinks to allow. The bill was intended to reduce childhood obesity.