A nationwide survey of vending machines in middle schools and high schools finds that 75 percent of the drinks and 85 percent of the snacks sold are of poor nutritional value. The study, of 1,420 vending machines in 251 schools, was organized by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and conducted by 120 volunteers.
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75% of Drinks and 85% of Snacks Unhealthful, Says CSPI<br />the Center for Science in the Public Interest<br />
Statistics<br />Vending machines:<br />21.1% of elementary schools<br />62.4% of middle schools<br />85.8% of high schools <br />Healthy status:<br />98% of school-aged children in the United States do not meet the requirements of the Food Guide Pyramid<br />
Schools promote healthy eating to promote good health and ensure adequate nutrition that assist with normal development and academic performance or success.<br /> ---- Health People 2010 report<br />Children who are offered nutritious foods and beverages will eat these foods and develop good eating habits.<br /> ---- USDA<br />
Pros of vending machines<br />Easy access to snacks and drinks<br />Save time<br />Low price<br />Schools earn money<br />
Cons of vending machines<br />Unhealthy snacks lead to health concerns<br />
Cons of vending machines<br />Unhealthy snacks lead to health concerns<br />Vending machines discourage healthy eating<br />
“It’s hard enough for parents to guide their children’s food choices, but it becomes virtually impossible when public schools are peddling junk food throughout the school day” <br /> ------Margo G. Wootan<br />CSPI nutrition policy director<br />
Solutions <br />Replace with healthy foods<br />Offer water, 100% juices and milk <br />Offer healthy snacks including granola and cereal bars<br />
Choosing healthy vending machines is choosing health.<br />
References <br />CSPI. (2004). School Vending Machines “Dispensing Junk”. Available: http://cspinet.org/new/200405111.html<br />USDA. (2001). Foods Sold in Competition with USDA School Meal Programs. A Report to Congress<br />Pauline A. Vickery. (2010). Healthy People 2010Report. Available: http://www.diet.com/g/healthy-people-2010-report<br />Laura Kann. (2007). Overview and Summary: School Health Policies and Programs Study 2006. Journal of School Health. 77(8), 385-397<br />Leslie Whittaker. Cons of Vending Machines in Schools. eHow.com. Available: http://www.ehow.com/list_5824462_cons-vending-machines-schools.html<br />Council on clinical affairs. (2009). Policy on Vending Machines in Schools. Oral Health Policies. 32(6), 50-51.<br />CSPI. (2004). Dispensing Junk: How School Vending Undermines Efforts to Feed Children Well. Available: http://cspinet.org/new/pdf/dispensing_junk.pdf<br />
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