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Why Does Soda Cost Less Than Water at the Corner Store? A College Forum Symposium

Walk into almost any corner store and you'll find the cost of a bottle of soda is likely less than a bottle of water. It's a strange conundrum that speaks to the economic conditions that create challenges for so many communities. The simple fact of this price difference has an impact on public health, for instance, but the price of soda is not an anomaly. Just as soft drinks are more accessible than bottled water, the unhealthy food options available in many challenged neighborhoods are often easier to access than fresh produce, for instance, or just about any other more healthy alternative.

Kevin Jones

Scholar, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center at Cuyahoga Community College

Basheer Jones

Councilman, Ward 7, City of Cleveland

Anna Thornton Matos

MPH, REACH Project Manager, Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN), Case Western Reserve University

Francis Mills, MA

Director, Community Health Initiatives, Cleveland Office of Minority Health - Healthy Cleveland

Brent Wesley

CEO & Founder, Akron Honey Company 

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