Thursday, January 14, 2016

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?

26 comments:

  1. I think people should have the choice to eat healthy, and cities should impose good health upon them. And I also agree that more healthy food should replace unhealthy food in vending machines, therefore, people would have better choices on food, and at the same time they can be healthy by eating healthy foods.

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  3. I agree with how the city of Chicago decided to start this big movement on replacing unhealthy snacks with more nutrious snacks in vending machines. I do think that some teenagers won't agree with this movement, but I think they have a choice to either get something from the vending machine or just not. This movement will help teenagers with their eating habits and trying to start eating healthy. Even though it's just healthy snacks in vending machines I still think that this is a great start on being healthy.

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  4. I don't believe that unhealthy foods should be replaced with healthy foods. I believe that it should be the people's choice, not the cities choice.

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  5. I believe cities should impose good health on there citizens because it is time we change how we eat. In the article it states that, "machine-vended snacks is a strategy that has demonstrated success in schools and worksites,” I think it would also work here because a lot of kids are enjoying the sugary and fatty things in the vending machines.

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  6. I somewhat agree with the decision made by the city to improve the snack options at the parks. I'm a firm believer in eating healthy and watching what you eat, however people should be given the choice. I think that eating a bag of peanuts and cracker jacks at a cubs game is sort of a baseball tradition and part of the experience when going to the field. If people decide to eat these unhealthy snacks then they should deal with the consequences. I do like the idea of cheap and healthier alternatives but at the same time, I think it's part of the the experience to have a "cheat" day at the ballpark.

    David Badet

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  7. I agree with you Ms. Trisko. Heaving a healthy option in vending machines is not only delicious but also a great way to promote healthy living. Especially since the kids in Chicago go to the parks after school and often look for a snack. I don't think it limits freedom in any way. It looks like theres still a great variety of snacks to choose from. To say that the healthy options are a limitation of freedom would be to say that the single selection of unhealthy snacks was a limitation of freedom as well. I think this is initiative in Chicago is perfect!

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  8. After reading this article, I have made my mind up with agreeing with this statement. I think Chicago is doing a good thing by providing healthy food options in vending machines. It gives people the opportunity to make good choices on choosing a healthy lifestyle. By Chicago providing these options for people they would obviously choose something healthy. People usually go to vending machines when they're really hungry, by providing these choices instead of chips, candy, etc. they will pick any healthy option that looks good to them. Chicago is increasing the life's of many people by providing healthy food. Other states should do the same as Chicago to increase their citizens lifestyle.
    -Gabriela Perez

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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. After reading this, I have to disagree with the choice to take away the right to unhealthy foods. Maybe a better option would be to have 80% of the foods in the vending machines, but make the unhealthy foods $2, therefore making the choice more difficult for children and parents.

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  12. While I believe that people should have the choice to eat unhealthy food, initiatives such as these can help encourage people to eat healthily. Although it is very commonly portrayed that healthy food does not necessarily taste good, what's very surprising to me in the article is that a significant majority of people polled liked these healthier snacks. As such, I believe that Chicago is taking the right step. If people did not like the food in the vending machine, it would not matter if the food was very healthy or not. However, as people are liking the food from the vending machine, then we can be sure that we are promoting a healthier lifestyle.

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  13. unhealthy food is always better then healthy food, vending machines most of the time are used by kid. And everyone knows kid doesn't like healthy food, so my solution is to put half and half to give people options, everyone like option don't hate on options.
    Don't ever put high taxes on unhealthy food, that bullying.

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  14. I read this article too, Chicago playing shady. How are they going to get of peanuts and cracker jacks at ball games? Those snacks are tradition. I believe that the country should replace unhealthy snack for healthy snacks, not until the obesity issue is worked out here. Then sure you can have some fried Twinkies you deserve it. But honestly it's up to the people, they decide what they want to eat not us. If they prefer donuts over celery can't change anything about it, but just accept it. We are the land of the free, the land of choices. Let the democracy decide, hold a vote now that's a great idea.

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  15. I think it was a good idea to put healthy vending machines in parks. I think it will help kids in Chicago to eat healthier. I don't think that putting a healthy vending machine on Hillsdales campus is infringing on peoples freedom of choice because if you really wanted to eat unhealthy things while at school they could bring them from home. I think that having healthy options around teenagers promotes health in the long term. I think that San Mateo should implement the same change as Chicago.

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  16. I agree with the Chicago organizations trying to find better opportunities for kids to eat healthier. I noticed that the HKHC (Healthy Kids, Healthy Community Project). That you don't just need exercise to be healthy, just with eating better food could go a long way. With doing this project it actually is working in a positive way. In my opinion, when things are being sold in a vending machines it needs to be more expensive for the UN healthy food and less expensive for the healthier food because more and more people will want to buy the healthy food because it cost less. If people start to buy the expensive and unhealthy food, the organization will make more money on it. I see how this initiative in Chicago is happening and I think it is a great thing to be happening in the world we live in today. More cities need to do things like this because its a better alternative for America.
    -Parker Burse

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  17. I think it's a really good thing for vending machines to have more healthy options. I know a lot of people at school, work, and other places that end up don't getting any food from vending machines because of all of the unhealthy options. This is reflected the same way in the article when it mentions how the sales went up when there were healthier options. I think bringing freedom of choice into it is a little extreme, people still have the option of simply not buying anything from the vending machine. I don't think imposing health is ever a bad thing and I feel like by only having unhealthy choices, that would be imposing bad health. However, if there was a mixture of healthy and unhealthy choices, like a bag of trail mix compared to a Snickers bar, would be a good solution.

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  18. I think the cities should impose good health upon the people because they should tell people to stop eating junk food and start to healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. - Gabriel Hernandez

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  19. It's the responsibility of students and their parents to educate themselves on how to eat healthy. I am sure we are all aware of the negative effects of "junk food" - if someone decides the snack is worth the trade off, that is up to them. Someone who is determined to get a specific food doesn't need a vending machine to give it to them, but that money would be given to some business other than the school. Vending machines should be stocked with what sells.

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  20. I partially agree with what the city is doing. They should impose healthier options in vending machines but people need to learn self-control and choose what is healthy for them to eat. If people are forced to eat healthy at this park, that is great but nothing stops them from eating unhealthy elsewhere. It does help having healthy options in vending machines but I also think that vending machines should have some unhealthy foods so that when people are tempted by junk food, they will hopefully choose the healthier option and learn self-control.

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  21. I think the people should have options and it's up to that person if they want to eat healthy or not

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  22. I think that vending machines should stay the same. A vending machine is usually gone to for a snack or treat. Their not ment to provide healthy foods because they would be a lot more expensive. In my opinion if you are looking for healthy, go to a market

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  23. I think that people should stick to healthy foods. The reason why people should eat healthy foods is because people who eat a lot of junk foods like Snickers, Cheetos, or M&Ms, are more likely to gain weight or have diabetes.

    According to the article, eating a lot of sugar can cause obesity, diabetes, emotional issues, and others.

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  24. I think that people should stick to healthy foods. The reason why people should eat healthy foods is because people who eat a lot of junk foods like Snickers, Cheetos, or M&Ms, are more likely to gain weight or have diabetes.

    According to the article, eating a lot of sugar can cause obesity, diabetes, emotional issues, and others.

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