Anti-sugar activists are applauding a Nelson supermarket for restricting the sale of fizzy drinks to school children.Fresh Choice Richmond has taken a stand by not allowing students in school uniform to buy soft drinks, flavored milk or juice before and during class time.

Gerhard Sundborn from anti-sugar campaign group FIZZ says it’s a great initiative.

“They’re harmful to kids, and they shouldn’t be sold to them, really. It’s something that could happen not only in supermarkets but other dairies and retailers close to schools.”

Mr. Sundborn says there just needs to be other options.

“Sugar is everywhere. Sugary drinks are the largest contributor and they are dirt cheap – there’s no real healthy choice that’s easily accessible. An initiative like this is a step in the right direction.”