Soft drink companies' involvement in creating playgrounds draws criticism

Feb. 6, 2012
Health advocates argue that the companies are trying to turn focus away from soft drinks' connection to obesity

From The Chicago Tribune: In response to the nation's obesity problem — and to concerns that their products may be contributing to it — soft drink companies such as Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have launched dozens of health and wellness initiatives designed to promote physical activity and movement. The corporations are funding playgrounds and elementary school fitness centers as well as partnering with groups that advocate exercise. Critics of the industry's efforts say the companies' focus on exercise is an attempt to draw attention away from the role unhealthful foods play in obesity.

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