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Should unhealthy snacks be removed from school vending machines?

March 8, 2012

By Jeremy Quattlebaum, Student Voices staff writer

Junk food and sugary snacks might be a little harder to find at school as the Obama administration has targeted the vending machines in its attempts to get the nation’s youth healthier.

After creating stricter food standards for what schools can serve you in the cafeteria (read the Speak Out to find out more), the administration has begun establishing guidelines for what can and can’t be put in the vending machines in school buildings.

The guidelines, which will be available soon, will probably be akin to the new guidelines for cafeteria food, which cut back on staples like pizza and burgers and replaced them with healthy options like salads.

Nutritionists say that vending machines in schools are stocked with snacks like potato chips, cookies and sodas, and that healthy options are pretty hard to come by. But that is because the vending machines’ selections are often based more on what will make money as opposed to what is healthy.

Access to and consumption of sugary and unhealthy foods and drinks have led to a childhood obesity rate that has tripled in the past 30 years, with one of every five children obese, reports the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The vending machine companies are not thrilled about possible restrictions, arguing that the vending machines are already stocked with healthy options and that those options should not be banned. “(W)e are a little concerned that they might make the rules too stringent,” said James A. McCarthy, president of the Snack Food Association, a trade group in Washington, as reported by the New York Times.

Some schools are arguing that overly strict rules will also reduce revenue from the vending machines, which goes to fund after-school athletic programs and arts programs.

It’s not only the federal government that is addressing the issue of what lies behind the Plexiglas of a vending machine. The states of Georgia and Indiana have legislation pending that would allow only healthy foods in vending machines.

The argument as to which government should decide the content of vending machines is a complex one. Like guidelines on curriculum and cafeteria food, the federal government gives broad guidelines that are tied to federal funding. States for the most part handle the details, and the local administrations carry them out. This is considered devolution, a concept outlined in the 10th Amendment.

What do you think?
Should the federal government establish guidelines as to what kinds of foods can be stocked in school vending machines? At what level of government should this decision be addressed, the state, federal or local level? Will restricting unhealthy foods from vending machines, in addition to the new food guidelines for school cafeterias, help curb childhood obesity? Join our discussion and let us know what you think!

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4/7/2014
california/sacrmento
julie
st.charles elementry /mr. dogman
Yes. schools should get rid of unhealthy snacks as a point of halthyness

9/20/2013
Sidney, MT
Jared
Mr. Faulhaber
I beleive schools should have healthier choices in their vending machines but our school has shut them down completely. I felt that they should have uped the choice of healthier snack but not shut them down all together. Sure my school does not have snack vending machines but we do have pop, gateraid, water, and juice. But they are all shut down, forcing students to go to a gas sation and buy a pop that is way larger. Our town is getting to be a scary town, trafic wise, with all of the oil that is coming in and i feel that we should be more wored about students getting in wreaks than having a pop during school lunch or during classes. The government did not stop anything cause students still just bring their own.

9/6/2013
Belleville New York
Alan
Colby BHCS
Regulating the food that goes into vending machines will cause schools to lose money. This money that is being used for after school activities and clubs will significantly decrease with the change of food in machines. Changing the food in the vending machines will cause many students to purchase unhealthy snacks in other ways and the school will lose any business that the vending machines bring. It does look good that vending machines will be changed with healthier alternatives to help fight childhood obesity, but student interest will ulitimately decrease. Kids will eat what they want and bring unhealthy foods from home. In my opinion, obesity rates will not change because students will pocket the vending machine money they would have normally used, and purchase the iteam at the nearest convience store. The vending machines should remain the way they are so schools don't lose more money and can keep the revenue incoming.

4/5/2013
Las Vegas NV
Liz Spar
Fred Bowles/Argentis Elementary
NO. I'm not stupid. I don't buy candy every day of the week, but when I want to, I WANT to. We should be able to make a decision on our own. NOBODY is going to go to a vending machine thinking, "I WISH there were FRESH APPLE SLICES that I could buy..." It's not my fault that half of everybody has to live on their iPhones and doesn't get any excercise. I play outside with friends and don't spend half of my life on a computer. Candy isn't the problem--it's being inactive. DON'T take candy out of the vending machines.

4/1/2013
darlington,sc
sincere thomas
kinnedy
i have noticed that the kids are now starting to not eat at all since the whole ban issue so would you rather your child go hungry

3/20/2013
denver/colorado
Destiny
mumby/kennedy
i think unhealthy snacks should not be removed from vending machines at schools for many reasons. First,is that you're your owm person and you can eat watever you want even though unhealthy snacks can cause your brain to not be fully energized for school. another reason is, that if you get bad scores on test right after you eat food out of the vending machines thats your fault for not being responsihble.

3/19/2013
Denver CO
Adriana
Ms. Mumby/ John F. Kennedy
I believe that unhealthy snacks shouldn't be removed from school vending machines. I say this because if the vending machine company is looking for money then they would earn more money with the unhealthy snacks than they would with the healthy snacks. Also, thhis might be the only time they would get an unhealthy snack. I think they should completely remove the unhealthy snacks, but most of them.

3/19/2013
Denver/ Colorado
Alicia
Mrs. Mumby/John F Kennedy
In my oppinion, unhealthy snacks in school vending machines are a big problem in our society. The decision on removing those unhealthy snacks would simply reduce the amount of junk food that students consume, and while on the school campus. More and more children are becoming obese, and this action on removing the unhealthy snacks would deffinately change some kids faiths.

3/19/2013
Denver,Colorado
Isaiah
Ms.Mumby/John F. Kennedy
I belive that the students should be able to decide what they want to buy or consume.if i want a sugary snack or if it is passing period I want something to eat and then I go to the vending machine like sweet pop tarts or gatorade.

2/11/2013
California
Julie
Mrs. Blanco
I really do think vending machines should be banned, just because the fact that 1 out of every 5 children are obese. Children these days are turning to sugar and candy as an alternative instead if eating lunch in school.

2/11/2013
Marysville, MI
Julia
Washington Elementary 5th Grade
Students are getting food that have discusting health kicks in them that make them taste awfull. The kids in my school hate these lunches and only eat them if they are absolutely hungry. I've seen kids with a full tray of food sitting in front of them and I ask " why aren't you eating" and they say " it's so discusting I can't eat it". I think they shouldn't ban sugary snacks and drinks because students should be able to make they're own chooses also. I compleat lay disagree with this banning

2/11/2013
Marysville, MI
Julia
Washington Elementary 5th Grade
Students are getting food that have discusting health kicks in them that make them taste awfull. The kids in my school hate these lunches and only eat them if they are absolutely hungry. I've seen kids with a full tray of food sitting in front of them and I ask " why aren't you eating" and they say " it's so discusting I can't eat it". I think they shouldn't ban sugary snacks and drinks because students should be able to make they're own chooses also. I compleat lay disagree with this banning

2/6/2013
Harrisburg
jake
Central Dauphin High School
The new food is disgusting. it isnt even real food. many students dont eat lunch during the week because of how bad the food is. if they give real food back to eat for lunch then students wouldnt be buying as much unhealthy stuff from the vending machines.

1/17/2013
kent, ohio
Shayla
Field Local Schools
It's not fair to the students because our new food is truly discusting. We all hate it, but we are all forced to eat it because there is no other option because we are all hungry. Some of us are involved in sports and are hungry when we leave lunch and go straight to our sport right after school.

1/11/2013
Montana
Heidi
Mr. Faulhaber
I think if someone is so concerned about their weight, that should be enough motivation to do something about it. Whether we cut down the amount or not doesn't matter either because they'll just buy more. If not, they can obtain unhealthy snacks elsewhere. Bad habbits form from the home, not school. My old school had a milk machine next to the pop, and they sold more milk products than the all of the pop machines combined. Based on the statics to the left, I guess we just made healthier choices. I won't deny that having healthier choices wont help anyone though.

1/1/2013
Montgomery, TX
InmanJ
Metzger, Montgomery
The government should not be able to decide what foods can be placed in vending machines at schools simply because of the fact that it comes down to the persons own decision whether or not to consume these snacks. Regulation of vending machines will not make a difference at all in the decisions of each person choosing what to eat. A person is not fat because of the snacks they have available to them, they are fat because they don’t have enough self-control to eat healthy. So why would you take away something people can and do enjoy eating when there are a few people who are obese because of it?

12/30/2012
Montgomery, Texas
Hunter B.
Metzger/Montgomery High School
There should always be a healthy option included with the school menu. As for the students, they should have an adequate education on what different types of food do to their bodies and be able to make their own choices. This matter should be given to the Local Government to handle. In the end, if the student doesn't agree with what is being served then they will be smart enough to bring their own food or wait until they can get to an alternative source.

12/10/2012
CA
Yovana
MHS
The federal government should establish guidelines as to what kinds of foods can be stocked. It should be addressed to the federal government. Restricting the sale of unhealthy food will curb childhood obesity.

12/5/2012
sc
alyssa
longtin/wren middle
i belive that if students wanted to be healthly they would be but grown ups are forcing us to be heathly

11/19/2012
belleville, NY
Rebecca
colby/belleville henderson
NO! if you want to eat unhealthy, students are going to bring them to school. teachers have a soda vending machine, so should that be removed to? umm no. its your choice if you wanna be healthy not anyone elses. do what makes you happy!

11/16/2012
Belleville NY
Erin
Miss Colby/ Belleville Henderson
I don't think that schools should even have vending machines. If they do have vending machines then there should be healthy choice snacks in it.

10/30/2012
Sidney, MONTANA
Maci Holst
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe in schools all around the USA we should have healthier choices. 1 in every 3 childern are obese, if we limit the choices of unhealthy food the childern will not have a choice. I believe if we get more options, students will be more willing to make a decision.

10/30/2012
Sidney, MT
Jesse Ziler
Mr. Faulharber
I don't think unhealthy snacks should be removed from vending machines in school because, if a student wants unhealthy food they will bring it from there house or a store. The fork isn't getting students fat. If a student has a problem with there own weight, then they will do something about it. Students should be allowed to eat unhealthy food if they want.

10/30/2012
Sidney, M.T.
Amanda
Brad Faulbher Sidney High School
They should remove unhealthy snacks because alot of kids go for that then healthy food during the school days and they should offer more healthy lunches during school hours. cut back on pizza and burgers.

10/24/2012
Watertown, MA
Mohammad
Rimas/Watertown High School
I do not think unhealthy snacks should be removed from school vending machines, because it's your choice whether you want to eat something unhealthy or not. Especially in High School students are old enough to make their own decisions, whether its has a negative affect or no affect at all

10/24/2012
Watertown Ma
Leandro
Rimas
I think schools should give students a choice on whether they want healthy snacks or not. I think there should be two vending machines or one vending machine with both healthy and unhealthy snacks. If students chose to eat unhealthy snacks i believe the school needs to respect their decision.

10/18/2012
WI
latia
mr.shhorr
well i think the we should have vending machines maybe one can be heathly and other can be not or we can just to it by calrories

10/11/2012
Rudyard, Montana
Caleb
Mrs. Campbell/ North Star
I think that since the issue is more of a case by case for schools, this issue should be solved on local government levels instead of the federal government. If the city has an issue with kids not eating healthy, then they should offer healthier snacks. Another option is to offer both healthy and less healthy options together. Let the kids decide what to eat and if they continue to eat too unhealthy, the schools can limit the unhealthy food more and provide healthy alternatives.

10/9/2012
rudyard mt
Donovan
Mis.Campbell / Northstar
I see were the schools are going with this. The Schools just want to get kids to eat more nutritionst food to be in fit and do sports

10/3/2012
new york city
Mairenys R.
ms.salmon ps/ms/15
i'm back well i have to say i'm doing a persuasive argument with the objection and everything and chose school vending machines and i'm writing about how i dont agree with the school replacing junk foods. Here's what i got: Nutritionist say that vending machines in schools are full with unhealthy snacks. They believe that healthy snacks should fill the places of snacks like Potato Chips and Sodas. Some kids agree,my name is Mairenys Ramos and i dont agree! First of all some kids don't like school lunch or healthy snacks. Schools should not force students to select healthy snacks and drinks by replacing what they want in vending machines, chips,candies drinks like sodas. Students have the ability to make their own choices.These unhealthy snacks are sometimes the only places kids can get sugar. Some parents limit intakes of sugar, it gives kids energy which is needed to get through the entire school day. "The vending machine companies are not thrilled about possible restrictions, arguing that the vending machines are already stocked with healthy options and that those options should not be banned. We are a little concerned that they might make the rules too stringent,” said James A. McCarthy, president of the Snack Food Association, a trade group in Washington" as reported by the New York Times.Some schools are arguing that strict rules will also reduce funds from the vending machines, which goes to fund after-school athletic programs and arts programs.

9/28/2012
Belleville, New York
Ashley
Miss Colby/Belleville Henderson
I think that the Federal Government has no right to change the vending machines, I also dont think they should have made it so salad or yogurt is a main choice. By changing food and drinks on the lunch menus and vending machines they are only helping the school loose money. If kids dont like the lunches that are surved then they will bring their own from lunch from home, and nothing is stopping kids from going to the store and buying junk food. Childhood obesity will not be stopped by the schools getting rid of junk food, they will still go home and eat whatever they want, and have the same dinners they would have normaly had.

9/26/2012
new york city
Mairenys R.
ms.salmon ps/ms/15
schools schools should not ban sugary snacks and drinks because a lot of kids including me don't like school lunch

9/7/2012
Sidney, Montana
Molly
Mr. Faulhaber/SHS
I think they have the right idea as far as attempting to make kids healthier but, in my opinion, it doesn't have all that much to do with the school. If kids have bad eating habits, they aren't going to care what's in the vending machines. They'll go get candy from somewhere else.

9/7/2012
SIDNEY/MT
cody
MR. Faulhaber
I say in my case that unhealthy food should be limited, School's in today's life are full of unhealthy food that kids only buy cause they can and taste good, I think that unhealthy food should just be limited down and replaced with healthy drink's and fruit, take most pop and just have gatorade and juice and take out most candy and just have fruit most kids will eat watermelon and cantolope in like fruit salads to cut down in obeise kids and help the enviroment

9/7/2012
Sidney, Montana
Matthew
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
The replacement of junk food in vending machines with heathier snacks won't make a substantial decrease in childhood obesity. It probably won't even change the way students eat. Vending machines in schools is not the source of childhood obesity. It is the eating habits formed at home that causes obesity. Parents are feeding their kids less heathy foods every year. Parents think it is ok to go out and eat every night instead of staying home and making not only heathier but cheaper meals. Mabe this isn't the only problem either. Kids need to learn better eating habits rather than just avoiding certain foods because they are unhealthy. I personally enjoy unhealthy foods as most people do but it is the amount of unhealthy food and how often you eat it that affects obesity.

9/7/2012
Sidney MT
Abby
Mr. Faulhaber
I think that this is a good idea, im just not sure how well it will actually work. If a kid really wants a candy bar they will get one before class and bring it to school. I think that most of the time kids grab unhealthy snacks from the vending machine because its quick and easy to grab it before class. If they replaced the unhealthy snacks with healthy ones it could help in that sense.

9/7/2012
Sidney/Montana
Carlie
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I don't think all junk foods should be taken out of schools. Although the junk foods in schools contribute to student's health problems, the ones served in schools can't be blamed entirely. I think that schools should offer more health foods, rather than removing all the unhealthy options. If you are unhealthy and/or overweight, you should take the initiative to fix it yourself.

9/7/2012
Sidney Montana
Travis
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
I think the school can take out the unhealthy snacks if they want to because it is basically our work place and and a principle can do what ever they want because they are our boss until you graduate.

9/7/2012
sidney, M.T.
Amanda
Brad Faulbher High school
I think they should take them out because there are no healthy food in the vending machines and make the school lunches healthier for the students.

8/29/2012
Sidney MT
Abby
Sidney High School
I'm not saying that should take out all the junk food, but atleast make health options avaliable to the students.

6/4/2012
California
Jan
Mr. Mullen/Plummer Elementary
If you replace chips with healthy stuff that no one's even heard of, then good luck dealing with starving kids and smuggling of soda and chips to school.

5/30/2012
ny
semaj
hyde
there should be healthy foods

5/22/2012
St. Johns, Florida
Jessica
Mrs. Sibley/Creekside
There needs to be more healhy food available! Facts are showing that at this rate, within the next few generations, kids will have shorter life expectancies than their parents due to obesity. Schools aren't providing the right food to support a healthy diet. Sure, they have a salad, but thats about it. The veggies are all frozen, gone through horemones and pestecides and are sometimes covered in syrups and sugars, adding unneded unhealthy substances.

5/22/2012
St. Johns, Florida
Jessica
Mrs. Sibley/Creekside
There needs to be more healhy food available! Facts are showing that at this rate, within the next few generations, kids will have shorter life expectancies than their parents due to obesity. Schools aren't providing the right food to support a healthy diet. Sure, they have a salad, but thats about it. The veggies are all frozen, gone through horemones and pestecides and are sometimes covered in syrups and sugars, adding unneded unhealthy substances.

5/21/2012
Montgomery/Tx
Cushon
Metzger/Montgomery High school
I belive that its not the school or governments place for regulating what we can or can not eat cause regauredless were gona eat what we wont.

5/10/2012
Porterville, CA
Andres
Mr.Smith/Monache
I think that the federal government should establish a few guidelines but not to much. I believe that the local government should address this situation. I really doubt that taking unhealthy food from the school cafeterias will do much help preventing childhood obesity since they can just go to their nearest store to buy junk food.

5/10/2012
porterville,ca
salinna
smith/monache
i believe that they should have open and delisious options that promote healthy food. Though it wouldnt really help for the older kids. Since most are knowing what they are eating is either bad or good. It would have young one though. Since they have no idea of what obesity can cause in the future. THus it should be a local based on how many obesity there are in the city alone.

5/10/2012
Benson, AZ
Shaylene
Sorenson/ Banson High School
Nooooooo wayyyy! These unhealthy goodies are sometimes the only places we can get sugar. Some parents limit intakes of sugar. It give us kids energy which is needed to get through the school day.

5/6/2012
Porterville CA
Anthony
Smith/Monache High SChool
Yes, i believe that unhealthy snacks should be removed from schools. They should be replaced with healthy snacks of no snacks at all. Also the school should serve healthy fresh food not frozen premade unhealthy food.

5/2/2012
Powtan virginia
Kevin
Blessed scarment hugenot
the machines at school should be more healther!!

4/26/2012
Porterville/CA
Mario
Smith/Monache
Personally, I support that the federal government is trying to help with food in our nation's school. I do believe that there should be a guideline on what can and can not be in schools as a source of nourishment. I never buy food sold from my school solely because it is almost completely junk. Burgers, french fries, and pizza are the main meals people buy. These meals are by no means good for our health and if the fed. government help replace these meals with more healthy choices, it would surely help our nation in its health problem.

4/19/2012
St.Louis MO
Dianni G
Muehlbauer/Ritenour
but im doing an assignment on what we wat at school and i chose the subject vending machines. i was going to choose what was going to be in them...i was going to choose only a short amount of junk food but a lot of healthy food...so when the junk ran out and there wasnasty lunch being served they would have nothing to eat but healthy food...they'd have no choice...and i was going to have healthy drinks like vitamin water and regular water.and i would also have a petition...i already have 40 names.and send a business letter to the assistent principal with the petition.

4/19/2012
Irving TX
Elizabeth R
Bradley/ Nimitz
The federal government should not establish guidelines as to what can be put in a vending machine. Students are only in school for a certain amount of hours and will eventually satisfy their craving for the unhealthy snack as soon as they get home. A person decides what they want to be put into their body. Putting a vending machine with only healthy snacks in school will only cause the students to buy their snacks somewhere else causing the school to lose money. I do not think that changing the school cafeteria lunch will help cure obesity. The school only provides one meal a day not including weekends. I am sure that that is not enough to make a child grow obese. Most of the problems have to do with their life style at home.

4/18/2012
warren illinois
adam
Mrs. Hoff WHS
people are fat these days

4/18/2012
Warren Illinois
Austin
Mrs. Hoff WHS
These foods are in our everyday society and cannot be avoided. They make the organization money and the students wont complain about the foods. Food is food and it should not be taken away from us like everything else. We need someting that will not make us feel like we are caged in this place we call school.

4/18/2012
Warren Illinios
Adam Molitor
Mrs. Hoff WHS
The kids that buy the food are eating the same kind of foods at home, so by removing theses "unhealthy" snacks it will most likely not change the diet of the kids. Some kids then will not by the snacks and it will be costing them money instead of making them money. If America really wants to make a change in its' obesity problems, then they will have to enforce this new idea federally. And I agree with the government having control over schools diets. Changing the non-healthy snacks in the vending machines, I think will not make a big difference but it can change a little bit.

4/18/2012
Warren, Illinois
Taylor
Mrs. Hoff Warren High School
The students do not have time to between classes to buy out of the vending machines. The only time htey can use them is during lunch or a homeroom. The school does have the option of blocking purchases during school class hours. Therefore, unhealthy snack foods are fine. As long as there are some health snacks in there as well.

4/15/2012
Irving/Texas
Kacie
Bradley/Nimitz
In my opinion, the Government should possibly put a restriction on the vending machine but honestly, how much do you think this is really going to make a huge dent in child obesity? Yes, taking the unhealthy snacks and drinks out of the vending machines might make some children lose a couple of pounds but it won't make the amount of children that are obese completely diminish. Taking the unhealthy snacks and drinks out of the vending machines will only cause the children to go home and eat or drink the things that they could not get at school. Or it could even bring them to just go to the local convenient store during lunch or before school so they can bring the snack/drink to school therefore completely eliminating the use of vending machines and feeding the convenient stores with the money that should be going to the school's funds.

4/15/2012
Irving/Texas
Melissa
Bradley/Nimitz
The government should not be able to establish rules on what we are allowed to eat at school. This should be a decision that the local government makes. Restricting what we eat at school will not reduce obesity. All though we are in school for approximately eight hours we still have the rest of the day to do and eat whatever we want. In reality is the parents' responsibility to watch what their kids eat. The schools I went to had vending machines with ice cream, chips and soda and I'm not obese. The schools are not making kids obese. Parents should also be held responsible for the weight of their children. For all we know, they could be feeding their kids extra greasy fast food. Another thing is that kids these days just are not active enough. With things like video games and the internet, kids never get out and play sports. Not only should kids eat the right foods, but they also have to stay active to lead a healthy life. In all, I don't think the schools play a big role in the obesity levels.

4/13/2012
Irving/TX
Yasmin
Bradley/Nimtz
If America really wants to make a change in its' obesity problems, then they will have to enforce this new idea federally. And I agree with the government having control over schools diets. Changing the non-healthy snacks in the vending machines and swapping out the pizza and the burgers for salads and other healthy stuff, I think will not make a big difference but it can change a little bit. And I think that's how it should start, start taking small steps and then take bigger and more effective changes/steps.

4/12/2012
Irving/TX
Carolina
Bradley/Nimitz
The Federal Government shouldn't be able to establish guidelines about the food we should eat. Most kids now a days are obese, but why is it because we eat unhealthy food maybe. Another solution is making the government focus more on exercise. Exercise is something you should be able to do at least 30 minutes to an hour. Most elementary schools now a days have gym once every week. When you're a kid you start to develop habits things you start to do naturally that you get use to. If the the school had more sports and fun physical activities it can develop more healthier habits and kids might want to go and do sports. Restricting unhealthy foods from school vending machines will not have a guarantee of less child obesity. Kids will be able to get unhealthy foods from other places other than school.

4/12/2012
Irving/Texas
Alyscia
Bradley/Nimitz
The government should establish guidelines as to what type of foods that can be stocked in the vending machines. Healthier options should be made available for those who want it. It is not the vending machine company's fault that students are getting fat, it's the students choosing to eat the unhealthy options. I believe this should be a federal decision as to decide what is to be put in the vending machines. Also, be restricting unhealthy foods, it will maybe put a minor curb on childhood obesity, but honestly, vending machines are not the only reason. You can't eat something you want at school, after school you'll just go find it. So yes, it might dampen the percentage of obese children, but I don't see it completely overturning the table.

4/10/2012
Irving/TX
Dalena
Bradley/Nimitz
America is known as "the fat country," and that's definitely not a good quality to brag about. We should try harder to be healthier and replacing unhealthy snacks in vending machines could be a good step to start at. The only way to make the plan successful, we will have to make baby steps. This decision should be addressed at the state level. The greater the involvement, the better. Many students may be upset at first, but change is good. They'll understand that changing the unhealthy snacks will only be better for them and everyone else.

4/10/2012
Irving, Texas
Kevin Sanchez
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe that there should not be any guidelines to the vending machine snacks. I guarantee you that the reason why the obesity rate has gone up is not because what is in the vending machines at school. This should be dealt with at the state level having our governor reach an agreement with the snack companies. If the government wants to stop the growing obesity rate, then the government should go after the parents who buy their kids all the junk food at home.

4/10/2012
Irving/Texas
Grecia
Bradley/Nimitz
I do believe that the federal government should establish guidelines on what should be fed to students, vending machines are always an option and they are always around, and if there's a way to prevent or even influence what kids buy then it should be done. Obesity is rapidly increasing, and the government should take into consideration that students need healthier diets. I think the decision should be addressed to federal level, that way everyone not just some, make a lifestyle change on students. It may be hard at first to make kids get used to the idea of eating healthier, but after a while it would become a habit of eating a fruit instead of cookies or chips during school. Stricter guidelines for school cafeterias would definitely help stop obesity.

4/9/2012
Irving/Texas
Michael U
Bradley/Nimitz
I think is proper the federal government establish guideline and regulate the kind of the food the serve at school to what kinds of foods can be stocked in school vending machines. In my Opinion Federal level is fine, because it is good to have a uniform policy in the school, regarding student's feeding or catering services in school. A good food policy will help to curb epidemic of obesity. I believe that restricting unhealthy foods from vending machines, in addition to the new food guidelines for school cafeterias, help curb childhood obesity. If the children of the school eat very healthy, obesity would be reduced to the barest minimum among students.

4/2/2012
Irving/Texas
Randie
Bradley/ Nimitz
I don't think that the government should be able to control what goes int to the school's vending machines. Because a lot of the times the cafeteria food is disgusting and old, so vending machines are what students turn to. I think that the local level of government should decide what goes into to the vending machines. Yes stricter guidelines on vending machines and cafeteria food will help curb obesity. But the cafeterias aren't going to make cafeteria food very appealing to eat.

3/29/2012
Irving,Tx
Jocelyn E.
Bradley/Nimitz
The government should not control what goes into a vending machine. That is how they make their money. It is up to the school to choose which vending machine they want; healthy or sugar filled. This should be a local decision among the school district. I don't think that taking these items will help obesity too much because kids can still access it out of school. And they can go way more overboard with bigger options when they leave school. I understand they want to help a huge problem and they have the right idea, but their is more major things the goverment needs to take of. I'm sure the states can handle this. And if the government can offer pink slime to schools for cheaper meat, then I'm sure we can have a few unhealthy snacks.

3/29/2012
Benson
Chace
Mr. Sorensen
No. If people want to eat that kind of stuff, then they will eat that kind of stuff. They don't have to buy it just because its their its their own choice.

3/27/2012
Irving/Texas
Mayra
Bradley/Nimitz
The federal government should not have control over the vending machines, first I believe that state or local government should make that decision. Trying to lower the obesity rate is a good cause for it, but taking away the vending machines are not going to change anything because the kids can still bring the junk food from their house which everyone is already doing. It is not just at schools a lot of the issues comes from the kid's houses and what they are eating there.

3/27/2012
Irving, Tx
Areli M.
Bradley/ Nimitz
Well, I for one am getting tired of reading articles such as these. The public needs to learn how to control itself, THAT is the cure to obesity. If they learn to have discipline to eat right, limit what they consume, and exercise 5 times a week, then this problem won't exist. The problem is that kids these days are lazy: motivate them to move around and be active and there won't be a need to take away our favorite snack foods. There will be many unhappy individuals if this was to occur. The federal government should not even worry about vending machines when they have much bigger problems to deal with! The state goverments should place more focus on creating better physical education programs, starting at a young age and continuing on until high school graduation. A couple of government officials cannot control what milllions of Americans will eat, and even if they did, no one will abide by the rules.

3/25/2012
Irving/Texas
Lauren
Bradley/Nimitz
I do not think that the federal government should be able to establish regulations on the school vending machines' contents. I believe that this kind of decision is a constitutional right granted to state or even local level. Wanting to curb childhood obesity is a noble cause, but it does not grant the federal government the power to take away our liberty and freedom. Small though it may seem, choosing what we eat is, indeed, a freedom. And this freedom is what will motivate students to get their desired portion of “unhealthy” snacks, whether that be from the school vending machines or the corner gas station. If the federal government succeeds in limiting the choices available at school, and discover that more students begin to bring their own food, what is to stop them from trying to limit what our own parents may feed us?

3/23/2012
Belleville, New York
Eric
Ms. Colby/ Belleville Henderson Central School
As the government is faced with this dilemma about the contents of vending machines, I believe that they should be setting smaller goals in order to lead to a better overall result for students. Yes, many companies are on edge, anticipating new federal restrictions on vending machines, but what if the government where to take a more thought out approach. Why not replace one popular snack item with a new item that carries a higher nutritional value and see how students react to it. If the product sells, schools can keep it, and in this manner, schools can test out healthy options on students until they find a group of products that students are excited about and that are good for them. By encouraging students to make healthy choices now, those healthy habits have a better chance of carrying through into their adulthood.

3/23/2012
Belleville/ New York
Amanda
Mrs. Colby
Obesity is a rapidly growing problem around the world and in the United States the obesity rate is really high, but replacing the potato chips with apples isn't going to solve the problem. It's just going to decrease sales of the vending machines and lose schools money and with the way the economy is, schools can't afford to lose money. Junk food is all around us. We are a nation that thrives on fast food and dining out. In almost every store there is a source of junk food. New guidlines in school won't stop the problem of obesity because it's a guideline that people are only going to be able to follow in school. Which is not the entire day or year. There are outside influences and those will always win. Even if you change what students eat in school, you can't change what they consume outside of school, which is two other meals. Two meals > One meal. Simple math.

3/23/2012
Belleville Henderson
J.W.
Colby
We all need to develop self-responibility. We need to make our own choices on what we eat or drink. Vending machines should be allowed in school systems. Children who don't exercise or play sports will pay the consequence. They will have to learn that eating non-healthy foods will cause they to gain weight and to potentially become less healthy. We can't take the benefits and joys from all Americans because a select few tend to spoil all the eggs in the basket. After all, health education incoporated in school systems might fix trhis issue.

3/23/2012
Belleville/New York
Phillip
Miss Colby/Belleville Henderson
The government already has their hand in the school system enough. They need to not steal from our cookie jars too! Our lives are composed of choices. If a student makes the choice to have a cookie over an apple then that is okay. Everything is fine in moderation. The school does make money off of the cafateria food and snacks and to take away the things that students are buying and replacing those with the things that students aren't buying makes no sense (financially speaking). I can see why the government would like to help childhood obesity, but having a cookie at lunch or a bag of chips from the vending machine is the least of their problems. If they want to really help that they should put more restrictions on fast food "restaurants". They are the worst "vending machines" our society has to offer.

3/23/2012
Belleville, NY
Elizabeth
Miss Colby/Belleville Henderson
Often times kids in school rely on those snacks in the vending machines to help get them through the day. Maybe they need a little snack before lunch, or maybe they need some sugar to help wake them up, or maybe they even need a little brain food to help get their brains going. If government wants to regulate what schools put in the vending machines, they shouldn't cut out the junk food entirely. Instead they should give the kids more options and put healthy snacks along with some junk food into the vending machines. However, it wouldn't be so bad to get rid of some of the really unhealthy junk foods and replace them with healthier junk foods. In conclusion kids should have the option between healthy foods and some junk foods because they rely on those snacks to get them through the long day of school.

3/23/2012
Belleville/New York
Kayla
Miss.Colby/Belleville Henderson
I don't believe that taking unhealthy snacks from the vending machines will make any difference in the obesity rate or make kids "healthier". A kid is going to eat what he/she wants to and things like this isnt going to stop them. They can easily bring food from home that they would much rather eat than eat from the vending machines at school. Saves the kid money, and brings in less money for the school.

3/23/2012
Belleville, NY
Elizabeth
Miss Colby/Belleville Henderson
Often times kids in school rely on those snacks in the vending machines to help get them through the day. Maybe they need a little snack before lunch, or maybe they need some sugar to help wake them up, or maybe they even need a little brain food to help get their brains going. If government wants to regulate what schools put in the vending machines, they shouldn't cut out the junk food entirely. Instead they should give the kids more options and put healthy snacks along with some junk food into the vending machines. However, it wouldn't be so bad to get rid of some of the really unhealthy junk foods and replace them with healthier junk foods. In conclusion kids should have the option between healthy foods and some junk foods because they rely on those snacks to get them through the long day of school.

3/23/2012
Belleville , NY
Brandon Cook
Miss. Colby, Belleville Hensderson Central School
I belive that not having Snack vending machines in schools is a great thing. By limiting the output of unhealthy snacks we will have a higher chance of cutting down on obesity and other health concerns. For example the only type of vending machines that wee have in my school is one that distributes water. This in my opinion is the best kind to have. Overall not having this hindrance effecting not only students but our school, is for the better.

3/23/2012
Belleville/ NY
Schuyler
Ms. Colby/BHCS
The world itself is full of unhealthy food and junk that we can put into our body. To me it all depends where the vending machines are whether they are in a high-school or middle school. Personally I don't think it would be a good idea to remove the vending machines from high schools because in life adults are going to have the choice of getting an unhealthy snack and it is a decision kids should be able to make. Obesity is not something that is forced upon you, it is all determined based on ones decisions. I eat healthy, work out, and play sports and someday in school maybe I want a candy bar or a bag of "unhealthy" chips and when other persons decided what I can and cannot eat it is taking away from my freedoms.

3/23/2012
13611
Joe
Miss Colby belleville Henderson
As a student I believe they should not take un healthy foods out of the classroom. I do believe that they should have fresh fruit and other healthy foods in them. Schools cann't control everything like they already do, instead they should let the kids make there own choices. If kids eat "healthy" in school, they can still eat bad out of school.

3/23/2012
Belleville New York
Lelani
Ms. Colby/ Belleville Henderson Central School
The goverment is correct about those obesity rate. But even though they are trying to take the unhealthy foods out of school vending machines, they also have to think about the outside world around the schools. Fast food places are all around the world, they sell junk food in grocery stores. The junk food isn't out of reach for young kids. The level that the decision should be based on is local. The state and federal isn't going to go as far. Atleast the local, you can talk to your local schools about the obesity problem. Restricting unhealthy foods from vending machines, and new guidelines at school i dont think will help childhood obesity at all. Yes, they spend most of their time at school. But its still in the reach of their hands.

3/23/2012
Belleville NY
Dylan
Ms. Colby
My school doesnt have vending machines avalible to kids, exept water. I agree no snack vending machines in school.

3/22/2012
Irving/Texas
Aubrey G.
Bradley/Nimitz
The weight of childhood obesity is heavy on the shoulders of the federal government (pun intended), so they are taking drastic measures. Although the government is correct about obesity being an issue, the federal government shouldn’t establish guidelines for the food in the school vending machines. Besides the fact that the food tastes delicious, removing junk-food from the vending machines won’t have a large impact on childhood obesity because junk-food can simply be brought from home. If the government really wants to fix childhood obesity, their main goal should be encouraging students to utilize the junk food they consume rather than taking away something all of us students enjoy. The federal government should be in charge of this movement to get kids moving because it will help get the entire country on track, whether they are ready or not. The little tubby children of our present are in fact the future of our Nation and their health should be put in the most country-focused set of hands.

3/21/2012
Irving, TX
Allison
Bradley/Nimitz
As per the Tenth Amendment, the states should be the ones to control what kinds of foods are sold in schools, whether in the lunch line or through a vending machine. The federal government should offer grants to states that comply with the new nutrition guidelines. Therefore, states are free to take the money if they want, helping to defray the loss of profit otherwise lost by the vending machines. School systems have a duty to educate their children, letting them know what kinds of healthy alternatives lay out there to the unhealthy snacks currently sold in school vending machines. Having healthy options out there is a blessing for kids, who may be ignorant of what they eat. Even if it may not cure adolescent obesity – even if hard-nosed kids want to stick to their sugary snacks – many students will embrace the change and lead healthier lives.

3/21/2012
Warren, Pennsylvania
Kyle
Becker/ Warren Area High School
Personally, Snacks Such as Candy Bars, Sodas, Potato chips etc. Are just about as Dangerous as Street Drugs. You can easily compare the 2 things. Both are Addictive, have long-term health effects, and are a Number 1 Growing problem in the American youth. Personally, The dietary Food pyramid is a joke. No one should be eating foods risky to their health. Not to bash on the Government guidelines or anything but part of the obesity stems from how messed up the food pyramid is. They tell you to eat 8-12 servings of grains a day (correct me if I'm Wrong). seems leggit seeing how Carbohydrates are Prime for our bodies energy expedenture. But what they dont say is that Refined carbohydrates like Pasta, white breads, whole wheats, etc, Spike your insulin levels and lead to fat storage just as much as Unhealthy Snacks like a Kit Kat or two. Refined Grains are just a filler with no nutritional value. Grains are essential to daily living, But, not the grains they set out.

3/20/2012
Irving/Texas
Nicole
Bradley/ Nimitz
I think it is okay for the federal government to decide what kinds of foods are in the vending machines. I know personally, I like that the government wants to step in. I'm just like every other student, sometimes I need some ice cream to brighten my day as well, but I think that the amount of unhealthy foods should be limited to help students like me. I think letting the national level decide what is best to put in the vending machines is the better option. Simply because if states get the choice they might allow different things and that's not fair. I think the new guidelines will help with obesity. It may not solve the problem right away, but I feel in the end if you start good habits early of eating healthy foods it will stick in the younger generations and that in turn will help the obesity level.

3/19/2012
Irving/ TX
Cathy
Bradley/Nimitz
The federal government should establish guidelines as to what kinds of foods can be stocked in school vending machines. As a growing high school student, I know for a fact that when I'm hungry, I would eat anything. If a really hungry student approaches a school vending machine, they'll most likely be willing to buy whatever is present. Of course at the beginning of this new change, there will be many complaints, but after a while it will surely die down. After being exposed to healthier food, students will forget that it's even healthy and it will become a norm to them. For instance, starting this year, my high school replaced “yoohoo” chocolate milk drinks in vending machines to water bottles. Not only do I see more people walking around with water, but they have completely stopped complaining like they did at the beginning of the change. The federal government should address this decision. I feel as though it can be a great change across our nation to stop childhood obesity as well as obesity in the average teenagers. It would be great to have these guidelines at colleges as well to avoid “the freshman 15” meaning that first time freshman in college tend to gain 15 pounds their first year. The more powerful federal government should step up to change the dangerous eating habits of this nation. It's a survival instinct to eat whatever is present. If the only thing available are apple chips, people are going to eat apple chips.

3/19/2012
flushing michigan
ricky
mr.grieve/seymour elementary
schools shouldnt ban sugary snacks and drinks

3/18/2012
Aurora, Oh
Nina V.
Mr. Frankman Harmon Middle School
Banning Snacks from Vending Machines, No Way !!! O.k. I think that this is really crazy. I mean if people didn't want snack machines there in the first place, then why did they put them there! The whole reason for a vending machine is to get a small snack that people want. I bet you if someone were to put healthy foods in the vending machines mostly no one will buy. And another thing, if you put healthy foods in vending machines, how woud you keep them fresh. Yes maybe you could put a refrigerator in the vending machine, but then it would cost everyone more money to keep the foods fresh and the refrigerator running. With snacks they're in a bag and won't go bad for a long time. I'm just saying it's goting to take a lot more time and money to have healthy foods in snack machines. Everyone should stick to what we have and be happy that they'er there. :D

3/17/2012
Aurora/Ohio
Gary
Mrs.Tyrrell/Harmon Middle School
If kids are presented with healthy food choices, they will be more likely to eat them. This is why it's important to have healthy choices displayed on thew vending machines. Do we currently have healthy choices in our vending machines? Yes, we have some healthy choices, but as well as unhealthy snacks. In the drink vending machine, the only options are water or fruit juice. This is healthy compare to sugary sodas. However, in the snack machine, we have somewhat healthy snacks such as fruit snacks and pretzels, but also have very unhealthy foods such as Oreo cookies, PopTarts, greasy chips, and more. What do I most kids buy from them? Mostly the unhealthy snacks. What should we do about it? I think that we need to offer more healthier choices in the machines and get rid of most of the unhealthy. I also think that we should rise the prices on the unhealthy snacks, and lower the price of the healthy ones. This is so children would be persuaded to buy the healthier snacks, and having more healthy foods, will boast a healthier lifestyle. This is important for the development of a child, and promote making healthier choices at home, and in the future. Do you think that janitors or the people who fill them, and choose what to put in them look in the machines? No, and i would be surprised if even one school does. They probably buy what the cheapest, and that means unhealthy. But is school about money, no, its about educating our kids and raising them to make good decisions (including food choices). So if nobody checks the nutrition facts, then who is setting guidelines for the, because who ever is, isn't doing a very good job? Obama, and others who set guidelines for school nutrition, need to set stricter rules, and have it be mandatory. The federal government should make these guidelines, as well as state, and local. The federal will place guidelines for all schools to follow, while state and local may place additional guidelines.

3/16/2012
Washington, NJ
Sam
Mrs. Rokosny/Warren Hills
While I do believe that childhood obesity is becoming a big problem in American society, in no way is it the federal government’s job or place to tell schools what they can and cannot put in their vending machines. It may be true that school vending machines are filled with “junk” food, but schools need to be able to recognize if the food in their vending machines is having a negative impact on the school community. The school has to be the institution that regulates its environment. Since neither the federal nor the state governments really knows what is going on in individual schools, neither has authority to demand that schools change their ways. But not surprisingly, this is just another situation where the federal government is trying to vastly extend its reach.

3/16/2012
New Jersey
Saina Y.
Warren Hills
Although, we should not remove sugary snacks and drinks completely, we should definitely work to introduce healthier option in elementary and middle schools. By gradually introducing better food options, we will instil healthier eating habits in our youth. Immediately removing sugary snacks, will cause a dip in profits for schools, whereas gradual change will cause less profit loss.

3/16/2012
Washington/NJ
Kim
Rokosny/Warren Hills
I agree with the government in that the food supplied in vending machines should be limited. If a student has to stay after school or needs to get something to eat for some reason and only has access to vending machines stocked with unhealthy options, they will be forced to choose one, regardless of the item's nutrition. If vending machines only had healthy options, such as low-fat granola bars, fruit, or fat-free yogurt, it would force students to pick a healthy option. Vending machines are a great tool in schools, both as a way for students to grab an after-school snack and as a way to gain revenue for the school's programs. Taking away this revenue does not seem like the smartest thing to do, so the machines should stay. The change should occur inside them, replacing high-fat and highly processed foods with options that are equally tasty but better for students. Nutrition is key in making sure students grow up to lead a happy and healthy life, and it is never to early to start teaching students how to give their body the energy and food it needs. Forcing students to start looking at healthy foods instead of unhealthy ones as snacks will make them more aware of what they should be eating and what is good for them.

3/15/2012
aurora
ashley r.
Mr.Frankmann
I think we should keep the vending machines but fill it with healthy snacks. That way if kids are really hungry they will have to eat the healthy foods that are avalible to them.I dont think we should ban them though because it makes the school alot of money people are constantly hanging around the vending machines. And if you inforce the no junk food then kids will eventually start eating healthier when they realize that healthy snacks are not as bad as they think.

3/15/2012
Aurora/Oh
Parker Barnes
Mr. Frankmann/Harmon
I think that it is a good idea for the federal government to be establishing guidelines for the school vending machines, but they shouldn't be making the actual decisions for the schools. That should be at the local government level, because they can just see how their community is as far as the situation of obesity goes. If they have many ovese children, then they would have more restrictions than certain other schools. I think that between restricting certain food items and encouraging healthy food, there will be a change in the lifestyle of most students. That said, the schools should not go crazy with restrictions and bam all slightly unhealthy items from vending machines. I didn't know that they were taking away pizza and hamburgers and I think that that is a bit unnecessary. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out in the Presidential elections.

3/15/2012
Aurora/Ohio
Becca
Mr. Frankmann/Harmon Middle School
I think that vending machines are not the only problem for children obesity, but i do agree that there should at least be healthier items of food in the vending machines. I do agree that adding healthier foods to vending machines, but adding foods like fruits and vegetables would just spoil if the school wouldnt attend to them daily. I think that this decision should be addressed at a local level. This is because everywhere is different with the amount of obesity, some areas may have a high number of obesity and some may have a low amount. Each would have to be addressed to their situation. I do not think that this will curb the childhood obesity because every child has a habbit of eating unhealthy foods rather than healthy from their household, not vending machines. Most children don't buy items from vending machines, but this is a good idea.

3/13/2012
Aurora/Ohio
Ben
Mr.Frankmann
I think we need to have healthy snacks in school but at home we have the choice on what to eat but in school they are in charge of what they sell in the cafeteria. if we had more health we would not have so many weight problem in the world and vending machines should be replaced with a saled bar

3/13/2012
Aurora, Ohio
Trevor
Mr. Frankmann/Harmon Middle School
Child obesity is not because of our school vending machines, it can help but it is not the cause. It starts with your meals at home then your choice of lunch then your dinner at home. If you cant have your junk food at school then if you cant get it at home either then there would be no child obesity. Vending machines should be governed at the federal level as well as our school lunches. Seeing healthier choices will only help us live longer in the future.

3/12/2012
Aurora, OH
Kiran
Frankmann/Harmon Middle School
By changing snacks in vending machines wouldn't make that much of a difference to many students since not too many of them even buy any snacks. Even though banning junk food is a good idea, it's not like by changing the snacks in vending machines will change anyone's eating habits. If schools put vegetables and fruits in the vending machines, then the school would have to maintain them daily so they don't get spoiled. It would mean that the school would have to spend more money to maintain snacks. Even though its a great though, it wouldn't make too much of a difference if schools replaced junk food with healthier snacks.

3/12/2012
Aurora/ ohio
Katie C.
Frankmann/ Harmon
I think that the choice on vending machines should be left upto the school. Some schools dont even have vending machines now, so it would not effect them at all. I dont think there should be state rules or anything saying that vending machines are not alloweed. I also think that even if they changed to vending machines to healthier foods it would not make a difference. this is because kids would just not buy the foods from there anymore. Also kids would just go home and eat all the junk food, or instead of buying the food at school they would just bring the junk food from home. I honestly do not think that taking vending machines away or trying to put healthier foods in them would help much.

3/12/2012
Aurora Ohio
Katie M.
Mr. Frankmann/Harmon
I think that there is a lot to say about the junk food that we put in are vending machines for kids to eat. First, I would like to say that I feel there is a good side and a bad side to this. On the good side, I think that I would be great to have healthy foods that all the kids would like. Not celery and bustle sprouts but maybe some more healthy crackers and granola bars. Maybe apples in a bag. The thing that is wrong with apples or food like that is that if the get rotten and nobody is buying them they can go bad fast. Having the throw them out and buy more can end up costing up a lot of money. If this does end up happening, where will the money come from? Will the people be spending more on their taxes, or will the schools have to find money for this. There are problems with both ways of getting this money. But, on the other hand, I think that when we got rid of the junk food that we were selling at lunch there where many good things that came out of that. And, having more healthy foods in the vending machines might have the same affect. The other thing is that if the kids do not like the food, nobody is making them eat it. They can bring their own snack from home and that would be alright. If all the kids started to bring their own snacks, there might not even be a need for school vending machines anymore. I don’t think it would hurt kids that much if we did not have vending machines anymore; it might actually be good for us. That is what I think about the vending machines at school.

3/12/2012
Aurora OH
Paige
Frankmann/Harmon Middle School
I think banning snacks at school from vending machines and school lunches is a great idea. I think it's a great idea because the obesity rate in children all over the world has increased, and has become one of the causes of death amoung teens. Eating junk food like cupcakes, chips, and ice cream, can also lead to eating disorders, like the eating disorder invloving binge eating. Having junk food served at school is also bad because some kids go home to houses where the only thing in the kitchen is junk food and continue to just eat junk throughout the day.

3/12/2012
Aurora, Ohio
Charlene
Frankmann/Aurora City Schools
I feel that changing the snacks dramatically won't make a difference in how healthy the schools are being. It's not like the vending machines are always overflowing with people, and if we changed the snacks to maybe vegetables, no one would buy them anyway. People would end up just bringing their own junk food to school. So, the school would be losing money! If we did put fruits and vegetables in the vending machines, then we would have to be refridgerating the vending machines, and the food would have to be maintained and replaced constantly, so the food would be fresh. What we could do is modify the food choices in the vending machines, like instead of candy put all natural fruit snacks! This would make our schools healthier without making it a huge governmental issue.

3/12/2012
Aurora/OH
Dana
Frankmann/Aurora City Schools
I think it wouldn't make a difference if they took out the vending machines or not. Only some people use them and when they do its after school or before school. But since so little of people use the vending machine why would you need to take them out? its not like everyone uses them anyways, it really wouldn't make a big difference either way. only to the little amount of people that use them.

3/9/2012
Benson AZ
Rayleahna Z
Sorenson, Benson High School
Businesses only concerns are about profit. Junk food sales. If they stocked machines with healthy snacks profits would go far down and machines would soon be removed. Unhealthy snacks, healthy snacks, or no snacks at all? If people are overweight its because they are lazy and they dont work and if they dont work then they cant afford all these unhealthy snacks anyway so dont take good food away from the poeple who deserve the treats here and there.

3/9/2012
Benson, AZ
Evan
Sorensen, Benson High School
No. unhealthy snacks shouldn't be removed froms schools, yes obiesity is a problem among students but taking out unhealthy snacks is not the solution for that, their problems are caused at home. And most students will just decide not to eat if you take away those snacks because they would rather eat nothing than over priced gross food. so would you rather have a few larger students or students not eating and fainting in class from hungry? (:

3/9/2012
Benson/ AZ
Robert Cordova
Sorensen/ Benson High School
No, i don't think that "junk" food should be banned from schools. If the public wants to eat junk food, let them. Who are we to decide who should and shouldn't eat what they want? Everyone's entitled to their own opinions and own choices, but why should the school restrict students from eating their potato chips?

3/9/2012
Benson, AZ
Jenna
Mr. Sorensen, Benson High School
No because atleast the students are eating food. So what if it isnt as healthy would you rather have anorexic students or students who want to eat junk food?

3/9/2012
Benson, AZ
adbulla
sorensen/benson
In my opinion i dont think that the veding machines should be taken out manliy because some schools might lose after school programs from the revenue the machines provide. i think a solution would be to have junk food vending machines but with higher prices and another machine stocked with healthy choices that cost less than the junk food machines. this way kids can have a variety to choose from and hopfully pick the healthy cheaper snacks and will only buy the more expensive junk food snacks when they want a speacial treat.

3/8/2012
Benson, AZ
Brevin barney
Sorensen/Benson high school
i think that they should keep the vending machines, kids will eat junk food whether its at school or not

3/8/2012
Benson/Arizona
Stephanie
Sorensen
Junk food in the snacks is not a huge ideal, because they already took out the soda vending machines.

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