America’s beverage companies made a promise to parents that we would change the beverages offered in schools. And we delivered the National School Beverage Guidelines, which removed full-calorie sodas from schools and replaced them with a range of lower-calorie and smaller-portion choices. With help from schools across the country, implementation of these guidelines has led to significant results.
Effective October 2006, the Illinois State Board of Education 23 Illinois Administrative Code Ch. 1 Section 305.15 (2006) states that any school participating in the School Breakfast Program and/or the National School Lunch Program with students in grade 8 or below must adhere to the following before school and during the regular school day:

  • Flavored or plain whole, reduced fat (2%), low-fat (1%), or nonfat fluid milk
  • Reduced fat and enriched alternative dairy beverages (i.e., rice, nut, or soy milk)
  • Fruit and vegetable drinks containing > 50% fruit or vegetable juice
  • Water (non-flavored, non-sweetened, and non-carbonated)
  • Fruit smoothie (yogurt or ice based) that contains less than 400 calories and no added sugars, and is made from fresh or frozen fruit or fruit drinks that contain > 50% fruit juice
  • Beverages exempted from the USDA’s list of Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value
  • Bottled water
  • No- or low-calorie beverages with up to 10 calories / 8 ounces
  • Up to 12 ounce servings of milk, 100% juice and certain other drinks
  • Fat-free or low-fat regular and flavored milk and nutritionally equivalent (per USDA) milk alternatives with up to 150 calories / 8 ounces
  • 100% juice with no added sweeteners, up to 120 calories / 8 ounces, and with at least 10% of the recommended daily value for three or more vitamins and minerals
  • Other drinks with no more than 66 calories / 8 ounces
  • At least 50% of non-milk beverages must be water and no- or low-calorie options
  • These guidelines apply to all beverages sold on school grounds during the regular and extended school day
  • The extended school day includes before and after school activities like clubs, yearbook, band, student government, drama and childcare/latchkey programs
  • These guidelines do not apply to school-related events where parents and other adults are part of an audience or are selling beverages as boosters during intermission, as well as immediately before or after an event. Examples of these events include school plays and band concerts.