St. Lucia to follow in footsteps of other Caribbean nations and ban the sale of soft drinks in schools.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness in St. Lucia have begun the campaign.
The aim of the campaign is to reduce the effects soft drinks have on the health of individuals, particularly children.
Barbados and Trinidad have both banned the sale of soft drinks in schools.
It is well documented that people who regularly consume sugary carbonated drinks are at a higher risk for diabetes, heart disease, obesity and cavities.
Ms. Lisa Mitchell, who is St. Lucia’s chief nutritionist, met with school principals to determine the best way to combat young people’s consumption of soft drinks.
She said that the aim is to have a healthier nation.
“We want to encourage the children to drink more water instead of juices or soft drinks,” Ms. Mitchell said.
“Sweetened beverages are bad for the health in general, but soft drinks have added ingredients such as caffeine, phosphoric acid, and colourings that are far worse. These ingredients have very negative effects on the health.”