Dublin school bans fizzy drinks

A Dublin school has banned fizzy drinks as part of a healthy living awareness programme.

Coolmine Community School has embarked on the two-week plan from today, with Social Protection Minister Joan Burton on hand to launch it.

Along with the ban on fizzy drinks, healthier meals are being offered and there will be a 15 minute discussion on healthy living every day.

Principal Patricia McPhillips says exercise will also be an element.

She said: "A fitness class has been offered to all students regardless of their level of fitness each Monday from 4 to 5pm and Wednesday from 1 to 2pm.

"The classes are free of charge and we're hoping that improved physical and mental wellbeing will be the result of engaging in this activity."

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