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Vending Machines at School

Should Vending Machines Be Removed From Schools?

A few coins can buy a kid lots of extra calories!  A recent study found that more than half of American middle schools and 16 percent of elementary schools have vending machines. It found that on a typical school day, 20 percent of students consumed extra calories in the form of goods from the candy, chip, and soda dispensing machines. A child that eats these foods daily could pack on an extra 14 pounds in a year.

Should schools shut down their machines to improve student health?


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amandachalynn amandachalynn 6 years
I think it's a little weird to have them in elementary schools, but that's probably because mine didn't when I was growing up and the one my son goes to doesn't. I don't see the problem in middle schools and high schools.
WarEagleNurse WarEagleNurse 6 years
MissSushi MissSushi 6 years
I agree with snooky. Vending machines and more chioce was one of the tiny fun things about jr high/high school, but they were full of total crap. There should be better options inside them.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 6 years
I don't think they should get rid of vending machines all together but I do think they should change what they put in them. My high school had several vending machines and most of the stuff was pretty healthy. Dried fruit, baked chips, sugar free gum, peanuts, granola bars, water, life water etc.
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