Choices. Whether it’s a conscious decision or not, everyone is faced with multiple choices every day. A University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) graduate student helped her fellow classmates and professors. She made the choice to snack healthy easier. As part of her thesis, she set out to learn if students and faculty would purchase healthy vending machine options. Furthermore, after taste testing one of the three snacks—licorice, chocolate chip cookies, or chili cheese flavored pop chips—each tester was asked if they would buy the item if it were available in one of the university’s vending machines. The positive outcome led UNK to replace some of the previous vending choices with healthy snacks.
Regardless of a student’s age, eating healthy is important. Not only does a healthy diet impact physical growth, but it also affects an Atlanta student’s ability to learn. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), “More than a quarter of kids’ daily calories may come from snacks, kids who have healthy eating patterns are more likely to perform better academically, and kids consume more healthy foods and beverages during the school day.” Easy access to healthy snacks at school makes choosing healthy snacks simple. Unfortunately, access to healthy snacks at school isn’t always easy.
Action for Healthy Kids®, an organization that works to end childhood obesity, offers the following tips for changing the types of snacks and beverages that are available in Atlanta school vending machines.
But will offering more healthy choices really have a positive impact? According to The Pew Charitable Trusts, the answer is yes. Four independent studies examined the behavior of school age students (k-12) in Connecticut, Texas, Massachusetts, and Washington. Offer more healthy options and students will increase their intake of healthy snacks.
If your Atlanta school doesn’t use vending machines or is looking to switch from traditional vending snacks and beverages to healthy ones, we can help. For more information about how to make the switch, contact Southern Refreshment Services at 770-939-9299.
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