School Vending Machines Getting More Healthy
Vending machines are getting a makeover in schools. Say goodbye to the Doritos, Fritos and Honey Buns. New rules will mandate that machines in schools can only offer snacks with who grains, low fat dairy, fruits, vegetables and protein. All options available will also be limited to 200 calories per portion.
This is an addition to initiatives that have already affected food options being served over the counter at schools. Sugars and salty foods will be replaced with larger portions of fruits and vegetables to help fight an epidemic, where 1 out of 3 children are classified as obese. School districts have the luxury of opting out of the program. According to the Times Union, Voorheesville and Niskayuna have already decided to do so.
The kicker is schools will be able to sell whatever they want during after school activities and on the weekends. I’m still trying to figure out how that makes sense.
What do you think? Is this going to have a positive effect on our young people?