Thursday, January 22, 2015

Move over M & Ms

Move Over M & Ms



As we've been learning in Health class, food products loaded with sugar are detrimental to our health. Eating lots of sugar can lead to obesity, diabetes, emotional issues, among others. I agree with the city of Chicago in their idea of replacing sugary foods in vending machines with more healthy options. It would be wonderful if I could go to vending machine on campus and purchase a bag of nuts, instead of a bag of Hot Cheetos. However, I wonder if this might be infringing on people's freedom of choice?

Should people be allowed to have the choice to eat healthy or not healthy, or should cities impose good health upon them?

18 comments:

  1. It is a great idea to help people keep a semi-healthy diet at least. However some people still have the option to go not even twenty feet in one direction to get something more filling and unhealthy at a baseball game or down the street from school for the same thing. It could work successfully, but the plan depends on people's willingness.

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  2. I think it is a swell idea to implement the new vending machines with healthy foods but there also foods that people enjoy eating at the same time

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    1. 3 sentences next time- and back it up with evidence from an article or your own life!

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  3. All of the snacks in the machines were $1

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    1. Please comment on the article in relation to whether or not you agree with it. Give evidence and maybe something else for us to think about.

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  4. I do agree that all of these products that are in vending machines are really unhealthy for us, but people should be allowed to choose what they want to do or eat. It's a good idea if cities impose good health because people might stop eating bad foods, and they might get into a habit of eating healthy foods.

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  5. People should have a choice of the things they eat. If a vending machine is filled with healthy and non healthy food; and a person chooses a non healthy food that choice was his. You can give a suggestion but ultimately the choice is up to them.

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  6. I think it is great to expose people to healthy food options. This will help people make healthier choices and it will have a beneficial impact on people's health. The fact that there are nutritional requirements on vending machine snacks is essential so people know what they are putting in to their body.

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  7. I agree that eating too much sugar can lead to obesity and other health issues, however I think that is comes down to whether or not the person eating the unhealthy food wants to be healthy or not. We all know that eating junk food isn't healthy and can lead to health issues, so it comes down to the person and how they want to live, do they want to be healthy/in shape or lazy and out of shape? Whatever it is that's their decision not the Governments.

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  8. Personally I think it is a great idea to fill these new vending machines with a healthier alternative to your regular sugary and in general unhealthy snacks. Clearly the program is succeeding, judging by the sales numbers in the first 15 months, and by having nutritional standards for the vending machines might give people the extra confidence to buy the healthier snacks because they would know what they are ingesting. But I don't think that the junk food snacks should be pulled from the vending machines completely. Sometimes people just want that super sweet candy, or potato chips saturated in trans fats from an easily accessible vending machine. Why take that away.

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  9. I feel like it would be nice if vending machines had a variety of foods for people to choose. If it had more options such as nuts and chips rather than just chips, it could allow people to make choices based on their preferences. What the cities could do is have more healthy foods in vending machines but also offer some unhealthy foods so people are still able to choose.

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  10. I think vending machines should have a mix of foods between healthy and junk because some student don't really mind their health or what they eat so why should we force upon them to eat healthier.

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    1. Expand your answer to be three sentences- can you give evidence from another article or your own life?

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  11. I believe that it is the best decision to implement healthy food options in vending machines, rather than tempting unhealthy food choices. This change will help people to make the right decision, and it helps them to understand the importance of a healthy diet. The standards set for these foods are, no trans fats, and no more than two servings per pack. Foods like cookies are then replaced by healthier choices like granola bars, and by making everything the same price the consumers choice is not affected by the cost. This new system of helping advertise healthier foods will help influence people to make the right decisions about their health.

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  12. I agree with the idea because then people will have more healthy food choices to choose from. It is quite a big success because more money is being spent on the healthy choices in the vending machines than any of the other unhealthy choices. It will also give people more energy and strength in their bodies.

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  13. I think this is a great idea. Many kids lack self control and end up choosing snacks that could harm their health. I think it's great that schools are stepping in to help kids make better decisions for their diet. Although many students may complain that schools are forcefully feeding them healthier snacks, in the long run, students might just appreciate the school for helping them out with their diet!

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  14. I think it is a great idea to replace the snacks with healthier and more nutritious snacks. This change will help people either stay on track or get on track to a better diet. And with 88% of surveyed patrons and 100% of the interviewed staff reported liking the healthier snacks Chicago is defiantly on the right track.

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  15. I think its should be the peoples choice whether they want to eat unhealthy or not like they shouldn't impose good health upon people because its the persons choice what they decide to eat. they should give people the option in what type of food they want to eat not limit their choices

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