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Although California high schools are increasingly promoting healthy snack choices for students, a new statewide study concluded the majority of campus marketing remained devoted to junk food and cola beverages. Of the 20 high schools studied by the Public Health Institute, one was in Santa Barbara – though the report’s authors declined to identify which one. The report found 60 percent of promotional posters found in high school halls extolling junk food, while less than 28 percent of promo materials pushed healthy snacks. The offending advertisements were most frequently found on the vending machines themselves, according to the study. With adolescent obesity on the rise, Californian public schools have come under increasing pressure to limit junk-food access; school officials argue that such marketing covers the costs of numerous extracurricular programs.

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