District Nutrition Policy

Energy Drinks: What You Need to Know

Canadian Medical Association Article, July 2010

Letter to Parents

            Energy Drink Poster (available from Bill Allan)

    Powerpoint Presentation (to be used by public health nurses)      




In July, 2010, the Canadian Medical Association Policy released a report on energy drinks, “Caffeinating Children and Youth”.  In this report, they mention some of the effects of high concentrations of caffeine: poor sleep quality, mood disorders, asthma problems, and poor school performance… Many countries have either imposed or tried to impose strict regulations because of potential health risks of caffeine… It is time for health authorities around the world to be awakened and alerted to concerns about energy drinks sold to children.  Strict regulations are required...” 

In light of such reports and after consultation with school principals last year, the Western School District has changed the wording of its policy on Energy Drinks to read:

As schools are concerned about their effect on students’ behavior and health, these drinks are not permitted on school property.”

This change in policy is in place as of September 1, 2010. 

In September, it is hoped that principals will communicate this energy drink policy to teachers, students, and parents.  This policy is meant to help provide a safe environment for the education of our students.