Friday, August 21, 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?

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  4. I too believe that vending machines should have healthier options in vending machines. If you take out all the unhealthy food in them, kids have no other option but to get something healthy

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  5. I agree that Chicago's idea of replacing sugary food in the vending machine to more healthier choices. But I think they should have majority of the vending machine to have healthier snacks then the last row of the vending machine can have some unhealthy snacks. I think that they should give people a choice to either pick the right snack or take the unhealthy snack. Because they shouldn't force people too take the healthy snack. People know which snack is better for them but they choose the unhealthy choice because they like the taste to them and want to satisfy there crave for junk food.

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  6. I think that people should have their own choice it's their body and they get to choose what they want to eat. Like if they want to eat healthy let them eat healthy, and if they want to eat junk food and get fat let them eat junk food.

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  7. Some kids don't eat breakfast, so if they were to get something from a vending machine it would be better to have healthy options as opposed to chips or cookies. I believe cities should put healthy food in vending machines as a favor to people.

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  8. I too agree with you that cities should replace The vending machine food with healthier foods. I also have the problem of going to a vending machine and having to choose between chips or some sort of sugary cookie. If the cities replaced it with healthier bars or a bag of nuts they would be stimulating the brain with the healthy foods and it might even cause students to do better in school.

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  12. I think cities should impose healthier foods, because it will bring down obesity levels. Weight gain affects your entire body and is the main cause of many diseases. This is something that we can prevent, except junk food surrounds us everywhere we go. Many people don't know how to eat healthy because they don't know much better. If the cities can make this easier for those people, the result will be longer, happier lives. Even if it takes away some choice, the good outweighs the bad.

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  13. I also agree with the replacing of unhealthy foods with healthier options, but giving people the choice to be healthy or not is also important. Most people will probably ignore the healthy foods and go for their favorite sugary ones but at least they are given a choice on whether or not they want to be healthy. Even if they are not provided with unhealthy foods from a vending machine the people will find another way to get their favorite snacks. It is entirely up to them not the city.

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  14. It is a good idea for cities to impose good health upon people, because it will be beneficial towards their overall well-being. Although some might not agree with this viewpoint because they may think that it negatively impacts their freedom of choice, in the end it will only help them. As the article mentions, the majority of people surveyed liked the healthier snacks anyways, so whether or not people will take a liking to the new vending machines is not an issue. Therefore, this plan should be implemented not only in Chicago, but in the entire country, because obesity, diabetes, and other issues are a problem everywhere.

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  15. I personally feel that people of a certain age should decide what they intake, because it's their body. However, I feel the ages from birth to about the end of middle school is an age in which food choices should be made for you because child obesity is a huge problem in America. Cities should implement healthier snacks in both elementary and middle schools.

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  16. I find this debate to be very difficult to take a side, on one hand there should be a push by the cities to try and make their citizens more healthy, but if people want to eat poorly they should be able to if they want even though it is incredibly unhealthy and can cause their lives to be cut short. According to the Washington Post, 74 percent of the foods that are in government run vending machines are either chips candy or cookies. But i feel that the amount of unhealthy foods should be cut down or priced higher than healthy alternatives, But i feel that completely taking away the unhealthy foods is a bit restricting.

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  17. I agree that what Chicago is doing is a very good idea in switching the unhealthy snacks with a healthier variety. It'll be more beneficial to people but whether or not they choose to eat the healthy food is their choice.

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  18. I agree with the fact that eating foods that contain lots of sugar can lead people to have diabetes and other different types of diseases. I think its a great idea in replacing the unhealthy snacks too a healthier variety of snacks. If they do then kids would get more healthy snacks out of the vending machines because they wont have anymore option. But if others don't agree , its up to them if they want to eat healthier or not.

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  19. I agree that implementing healthier snacks is a good idea because consuming all that sugar and fat is unhealthy and can lead to obesity which is a huge problem in america today and it also affects the teens and their future.

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  20. I agree that eating healthy is very important and beneficial in keeping kids and adults physically healthy; however, I don't believe that people should get rid of all snack items that are considered junk foods. Although in the article it mentioned that sales had risen from $87 to $371 during the first 15 months of this change, it's the people's choice on whether they want to eat healthy or not. Just as Justin mentioned in an earlier comment, I also feel that vending machines should provide both healthy and unhealthy snacks, and raise the price of the unhealthy snacks, so people feel more obligated to buy the healthy snacks but still have a choice between the two. I see what the people of Chicago are trying to do, and I completely support their initiative, but it's an individual person's choice on what type of lifestyle they want to uphold.

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  21. I agree that there should be initiatives taken to help people become healthier, but people should be given options to eat whatever they want since they have that choice. I think they can become persuaded if they see others doing things that'll make them healthy and if they're reminded, those people will try to be healthier themselves. I feel like maybe if there are posters or something of healthy people exercising or eating fruit, then it can get people to start doing that also. Or else vending machines should have more healthier foods in the vending machines than junk food so people see a lot more healthier options. I saw on Forbes that there is a company that has smaller vending machines and commits to giving back by having 10% of all profits go to fighting the causes of childhood obesity. So even if there are vending machines that sell unhealthy foods, they are making a difference by giving back money to support childhood obesity.

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  22. People should be able to choose whether or not if they want to eat healthy, however there should be more healthy options to eat.

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  23. I think that by at least giving the people the option to choose what snack they choose to eat is the best course of action to take because most people would just go for the snack that tastes better and disregard if its healthy or not but by giving them options then maybe people would choose the healthier snack

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  24. I believe that people should be given the choice between eating healthy snacks unhealthy snacks. Even if one eats unhealthy snacks, with proper exercise, the person can still be healthy. Anyway, each person is responsible for his/her own health and therefore, should manage what type of food one should eat.

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  27. I agree with the initiative to supply vending machines with healthier snacks, but I feel like it should not be compulsory as this takes away our freedom of choice. Instead, an option where most of the snacks are healthy (and still cheap) are combined with a bottom row of chips or cookies would be more beneficial to both our health and our freedom.

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  28. I think that we should have healthier options in vending machines but I also believe that people should have freedom to choose what they want to eat, so I am kinda in the middle where I believe that vending machines should have both choices of healthy and non healthy snacks to eat. Although most people will still go for the unhealthy snacks but that is their decision and they should be free to do it if they choose. What cities should instead of replacing the snacks is they should help inform people about the dangers of eating unhealthy.

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  29. I believe that people should be allowed to eat whatever they want to eat. The vending machines should have both healthy and unhealthy options but with a poster nearby explaining the significance of a healthy choice.

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  30. I believe there should be healthy choices in vending machines. But the truth is, if the healthier options are present, they're usually the same price as the other snacks, and a much smaller portion. For example, Hillsdale's vending machines have Cheezits, Doritos, and packages of cookies as well as small packages of trail mix, almonds, and granola bars. If someone is trying to satisfy their hunger and get the most value out of their dollar, they will most likely choose the chips because of the bigger portion. Maybe vending machines should start replacing their appealing junk food with a similar item like non-GMO chips, popcorn, and dried fruit.

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  31. I believe that people should be able to choose between healthy and unhealthy snacks. The healthier ones should be cheaper though, in order to promote healthier snacks.

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  32. Personally, I believe that people should have the freedom to eat what they want, whether it be a healthy snack or one that is full of sugar. I also feel that the cities should put a variety of snacks in the vending machines, meaning both healthy and non-healthy, so that people have a choice of what they want to eat.

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  33. I agree with the healthy snack initiative, clearly it is working from the amount of money to the employees opinions it seems to be well liked. In my opinion if people like it, it is successful, and it is the better option the this initiative should be nationwide.

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  34. People are responsible for what they put in their bodies. They should have a choice between healthy eating or unhealthy eating. Instead of replacing sugary foods, the city of Chicago should add healthy foods to their vending machines. This would give the people more choices.

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  35. I also believe vending machines should have all healthy snacks that are worth what their asking for. I believe vending machines should be all healthy since when we see healthy snacks and we also see junk food we gravitate more to the junk food since they usually have brighter colors to grab your attention.

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  36. I think that people should have the right to choose if they eat healthy or unhealthy. However I do think every one should have to learn what unhealthy food does to your body and how it can affect you in your future.

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  37. I believe that in each city there should be a public vote to have vending machines with either helathy food, unhealthy food, or both. Perhaps with both there could either be two vending machines next to each other, or different vending machines in different places around the city.

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  38. I believe that both health and freedom of choice are very important. The question is, which one is more necessary? Taking away a person's freedom of choice sounds cruel, but might it be necessary? Most of the time, the average teenager will choose the tasty unhealthy treat, rather than the healthy snack, and sometimes, it might be of great importance for that teenager to eat healthy. If this were the case, then I believe having only healthy snacks would be helpful, to avoid temptation, and since this seems to be the case a lot, I agree with the transfer of healthy snacks to vending machines.

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  39. I think that giving kids the option to choose what they want to eat is important, but most kids these days are more inclined to choose foods that are sugary and full of empty calories. Personally I believe that eating healthy is important, especially during school, because it is important to fill your body with food that fuels your brain and keeps you focused during class. By implementing some of the good foods for bad foods into the vending machines will give kids the option to eat healthy food rather than junk.

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  40. I believe that swapping sugary snacks for healthy snacks is in the best interest for those purchasing from vending machines. I agree with the healthy snack initiative that Chicago is trying to create. Also, it does say that sales have increased, which shows that maybe the people really do prefer having more healthy options then they do for junk food.

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  41. Many comments above suggest that the value of our society lies in the range of options from which we can make choices, and I'm going to echo this idea. The freedom to choose the diet that an individual prefers is a form of freedom which is highly valued in our society, and for good reasons. Having healthy and less healthy options in vending machines provides a balance for the public that supports their freedom.

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  42. While sugary foods are unhealthy and are not a good alternative to normal meals, I have to say that the point of a vending machine is to supply a quick, cheap snack. Snacks that are packed with preservatives are easy to store anywhere for a long time therefore they are easy to profit from, fresh vegetables are hard to store and spoil fast so unless their is a line for a vegetable vending machine. you can make the argument to use preservatives in the vegetables but that would counter the healthiness. Overall if private companies want to build these then they have the right to, but we should not force companies to throw their hats in on a failing ideas.

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  43. Cities should provide more healthy food for people to eat, instead of putting the unhealthy food out there for grabs. I am not saying completely cut out junk food, but by providing and promoting healthier food will be better for the obesity rate. Give people the choice of what they would rather eat, but the city should build up the thought of healthy food and limit the citizens view on junk food.

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  44. I do really like the idea of providing just healthy options as snacks in vending machines so that people are more encouraged to eat healthy in order to take good care of their bodies in the long run. Although, I also think that more sugary snacks will earn more money because everyone sometimes needs a little sweet pick-me-up. Also, people need to be able to make their own responsible choices for their own bodies. I do think, though, that there should definitely be a mixture so that people can feel free to make their own smart choice between the healthy snacks or sugary ones.

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  45. I agree with the fact that eating foods that contain lots of sugar can lead people to have a lot of types diseases. I think its a great idea in replacing the unhealthy snacks too a healthier variety of snacks but it disagree all well because making the healthier snacks more expensive will cause the students to choose the cheaper and unhealthy choice

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  46. I totally agree with the movement that Chicago is trying to spread on vending machines offering more healthier snacks for people to eat. Personally, I don't even go near vending machines anymore because I already know that it's too tempting to get a bag of chips for a buck, or to buy a little snack of cookies. I think that if we had no other choice but healthier snacks to choose from, we would see change in diets for students at school. HHS should try adding a few healthier snacks in the machines for those who want to make that healthier food choice, but of course leave a few of the dangerous snacks that we all like to snack on once in awhile.

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  47. I like this post. Obesity is becoming a bigger and bigger problem among adolescence in the U.S.so the healthy food plan in my opinion is a good one. Although I think this, you should give people the option to choose a bag of chips if they want. Instead of fully getting rid of the unhealthy food they should give the option for both.

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  48. I think that is smart to get rid of unhealthy snacks. I don't think its infringing peoples freedom of choice because they choose what they buy, maybe half of the vending machine should be composed of unhealthy foods such as cookies, but prices of things like this compared "healthier choices" should be double the price but i dont think anything that can come from a vending machine can be that much better for you.

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  49. I think it was a great and smart idea to remove all unhealthy foods from vending machines and put in healthier ones. I think it's smart because it sort of forces the people buying to eat healthy. I thought it was interesting how vending machines made so much more money when they made that big change. Now I wonder if it would be successful if we tried that here at Hillsdale.

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