“The sugary drink industry targets the Latino community with their advertising and marketing,” said Wyatt Hornsby, with Delta Dental, a nonprofit organization that’s now working with Westwood Unidos to help families in the area cut down on sugar and drink more water.
With the help of Westwood Unidos, a group of parents expressed their concerns regarding Raisels to staff at Munroe Elementary and at Denver Public Schools.
Theresa Pena, an outreach coordinator at DPS, says as of this school year, they’re no longer serving Raisels at any school in the district.
“Every year we’re looking at products,” she said, “and the best school meals is the meal they’ll eat.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) does not regulate the amount of sugar schools serve, they only limit how many calories each meal can have.
That being said, Pena said the schools can serve Raisels as a fruit, however, as in this case, they’re willing to work with parents and address their concerns.
For Kay and Westwood Unidos, this is just the first step in helping families in the area take control of what their children are eating in and out of home.
“When parents start to come up and say, ‘yeah we want something different for our children,"” she said, “then they'll take action.”