December 4, 2013
A report by two nutrition task forces asks Alabama schools to put healthier snacks in vending machines. The report says that by scrapping more profitable, and less nutritious, offerings, schools can help curb childhood obesity.
Instead of candy, fried chips and sugary drinks, the machines should be stocked with items such as fruit, granola and oatmeal bars, water, lowfat milk or 100-percent fruit juices.
The new "Guide to Healthy Vending Machines" was produced by two groups formed to fight soaring obesity rates in the state's children, Alabama Action for Healthy Kids and Healthy Weight for Youth in Jefferson County.
The list of healthy snacks accompanied a letter of recommendation sent to school principals across the state.