Schools putting few soft drinks in vending machines...

@Feona1962 (7527)
United States
September 20, 2007 10:35pm CST
"Some states have banned the sale of sodas on campus and the beverage industry is phasing in healthier drinks. Health officials long have expressed concern that schools contributed to rising obesity rates because campus vending machines sold high-calorie and high-sugar snacks and drinks. About 22 states limit the sale of sugary drinks in some grades. Bottled water and dried fruit instead of soda and snack cakes are in Kentucky's school vending machines. About a dozen states ban the sale of full-calorie soft drinks in high schools. Most elementary schools are already soda-free. The biggest declines were in sugary fruit drinks, 56.2 percent, and full-calorie soft drinks, 45.1 percent. There is a 22.8 percent increase in the volume of bottled water in school vending machines.".....Warren Times Observer
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@gmakesmoney (2923)
• United States
21 Sep 07
That's great news because I for one can say that the school vending machines are what caused my fat a$$, lol. I don't remember my school having vending machines ever? Maybe the fact that kids can buy a snack whenever is the issue.
@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
21 Sep 07
We never had vending machines and weren't even allowed to chew gum in the class room...I graduated in 1980...Now a days they seem to be able to do what ever they want.. Nice snappy comeback there, G....LOL
• United States
21 Sep 07
Thanks! I know, I couldn't chew gum either and that was in 1999. All of a sudden 8 years later they have vending machines? So what, you can't chew gum but you can stuff your face full of doritos and chat on the phone during Algebra? I think kids today should be made to have it as rough as I did, cr@ppy toys and all like I had. My "X" box was literally a box with an x on it, we called it playing house or rocket ship or race car. My "robot" dog was an actual dog that did need feeding and literally sh#t on the floor. If you wanted a realistic baby doll, you got knocked up. Kids today, I tell you!
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
21 Sep 07
God forbid they don't get their way...
• Australia
21 Sep 07
good on them, my children have no sugar in there diet unless it comes from its natural form re: fruit, honey etc but its a shame the schools have to inforce this as this should come from the family enviroment what better can you do for your child but teach them healthy eating habbits as well as providing them with nutritious meals that the will benefit them daily and for there future
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
21 Sep 07
I agree about the family instilling the healthy eating habits in their children...The schools can't be expected to do everything..I am glad that this is happening..
• United States
21 Sep 07
So true, a lot of people today expect schools to do 100% of the raising for them and then get all shocked and angry when their kids end up like they do.
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@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
21 Sep 07
well i think thats a great idea,they didnt have machines when i went to school,god times have changed so much.but this is a great idea.pattie
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
21 Sep 07
We didn't have them either..We couldn't even chew gum...HUGS
@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
21 Sep 07
Hi there. This is un heard of where I come from... I have never known schools to have vending machines and soft drink machines at that... This is so unhealthy for children, whats going on... I think its a great idea to have these junky machines removed...
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
21 Sep 07
I am glad you don't have vending machines..Soda is so unhealthy and so are other junk foods...
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
23 Sep 07
We never had vending machines in school really dont think they need to be there at all. hope this cuts down on wheat the kids are drinkning and cut down on obisity
@twowizdom (861)
• Philippines
22 Sep 07
Thats a great news, actually our school has already abide to this new regulations and it started last year. At first it was a hart thing for us students and we keep on demanding for sodas on our school's cafeteria but even how hard we tried to beg they really cant do anything about it. Then after some time we get used to it and started to like eating healthy snacks and drinking healthy drinks like juice.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
22 Sep 07
In my opinion, Feona, if these health officials spent more time inspecting our food supply and less time snooping into the eating habits of people we would all be much better off. Even back in the Dark Ages when I was in school we had soft drink machines. They are a choice! Not everyone is going to use or abuse them. I am sick and tired of government meddling in every area of our private lives. A normal child is not going to blow up from having an occasional soda or snack from the vending machine at school. Obese children are usually products of their home environments.
@briarose (124)
• United States
22 Sep 07
I think that is great. When I was in grade school you got milk with your lunch and if you had an allergy to milk you had to get a special note to order orange juice. I think it is too tempting for a child to see that every lunch without making a poor decision. I know I have a tough time and I am adult:)
• Finland
22 Sep 07
Good news. Here is a quotation from our primary school textbooks "Kids are the flowers of our country", and also this "Save kids!" A secure environment, is important to children.
@violeta_va (4834)
• Australia
22 Sep 07
In some schools in Australia (where I live) parents cant send fatty or unhealthy food" to school in their school lunch box. Many schools dont sell things like chips and soft drinks permanently. In my nephews school they have limited junk food in the canteen and every week they have 1 day when they only have healthy food which is a start and its great I am sure that would be changed to be 2 days than 3 ....
@suspenseful (40313)
• Canada
21 Sep 07
Vending machines were just coming in when I was in high school. So they had about fifty years to try out that this was not a good idea. They should never have done it. Kids should be able to study without worrying about cavities and ruining their health and getting fat. At least the next generation going to school is going to be healthier.