Beverage industry has joined war on obesity
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Your recent article ("'A lot of momentum on fitness, obesity," Dec. 12, 2012), deserves clarification for your readers. One of the coalition's recommendations for creating a healthier state is to "ban sales of soda pop in high schools." Your readers should be aware that in 2010, the beverage industry delivered on a three-year voluntary commitment with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, to remove full-calorie sodas from schools.
A discriminatory ban will do nothing to teach consumers about the importance of balance and moderation. And importantly, a ban is not needed. We have already voluntarily removed full calorie soft drinks from schools in West Virginia and across the country, and replaced them with smaller portion sizes, more low- and no-calorie options. Through our School Beverage Guidelines initiative, we cut the total amount of beverage calories shipped to schools across the country by 90 percent.
Obesity is a complex problem that requires comprehensive solutions. The beverage industry is doing its part, and we hope to collaborate with those seeking meaningful solutions.
Larry Swann, President
West Virginia Beverage Association
MTV can't see the good in West Virginia
I'm writing this letter concerning the new reality show "Buckwild" that displays to young people of West Virginia is a terrible say. Growing up in West Virginia you meet many young people who are troubled by the stereotype the rest of the company has given us. There is so much focus on teenagers who party, have sex, fight and represent West Virginia in a limiting, inaccurate way.
It has come to my attention the shows on MTV never display a successful story. MTV never shows the true success of our state. Emily Cochran from West Virginia who is only 15 years old skipped a grade, taken both SATs and ACTs twice and has had amazing scores. And this is only one example of the intelligence and determination you can find in West Virginia. If they take another look maybe they'll see the real West Virginia.
Book drive will benefit children
I believe the Dawn Miller's article about the children's book drive is very important. As a day-care worker I see the happiness and joy books bring to children of all ages. Some children don't get to experience having books to read or having books of their own. Every child should have the opportunity to read books and also own a few. Books help children learn and develop in many ways. This book drive is a good idea. Thank you,