A SECONDARY school has banned fizzy drinks in an effort to improve its students' health.
Coke and 7up are no longer sold to teenagers at Coolmine Community School in Blanchardstown, which has also introduced fitness classes.
The school's vending machines now offer water, yoghurt and chocolate milk.
Principal Patricia McPhillips said that all students should be offered healthier food options to help improve their physical and mental wellbeing.
"It's very important for their personal development," the principal said.
"We started it this week, and the healthy living programme will itself run for two weeks.
"We are concentrating on food alternatives, with more nutrition and no-salt meals being offered.
"We have removed fizzy drinks from the canteen and the school vending machine and that is permanent."
There are 1,100 students at the school, and a 15-minute exercise session is part of their curriculum each day.
"A fitness class has been offered to all students regardless of their level of fitness each Monday from 4pm to 5pm, and Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm," Ms McPhillips said.
"I think we're one of the first schools in the country to go down this road, and we're quite sure that it will be a success.