Friday, March 18, 2005

No Vending Machines in Elementary Schools: OR HB 2023

Debates have ensued regarding soda and food vending machines in elementary, middle/junior and high schools. Some states have introduced and enacted legislation to replace existing food and drinks of minimal nutritional value for healthier options or to restrict student access to the machines. As of January 2004, Arkansas is the only state that has passed legislation banning vending machines in elementary schools. This is not just a state issue, however. Some cities and local schools districts have taken the lead and enacted policies to ban or replace certain foods and beverages in vending machines or restrict student access to the machines.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's School Health Policies and Programs Study (SHPPS) 2000 survey concluded that 43% of elementary schools, 89.4% of middle/junior high and 98.2% of senior high schools had either a vending machine or a school store, canteen, or snack bar where students could purchase competitive foods or beverages.

Oregon House Bill (HB) 2023 would prohibit the school district board from contracting with vendors to sell food or beverages via vending machines that do not meet the standards of the UDSA national school lunch and breakfast programs. If a school does not have students in grade 5 or below, the board may contract with a vendor to sell items that do not meet the standards if the access to the machines is limited to after the last regularly scheduled lunch period for the school.

2004 National Conference of State Legislatures

2 comments:

Alemap said...

Too much junk! As a teacher I think it's a great idea to ban vending machines and junk across the board. If they want it that bad, they'll bring it themselves. I have an obese kid in my class with a dark ring around the base of her neck. An indicator of childhood diabetes. I spoke with the mother and sure enough it was. That kid ate a honey bun and mountain dew for breakfast. Much to the intelligence of the mother she now drinks diet mountain dew and has a carb smart candy bar. What a great solution. Ha! Like your site, i'll check back.

Alemap said...

One big argument for selling "crap" at school is that it raises funds for the school. My school is guilty of it, but is money really worth it if we are raising a generation of obese children?

I love to dabble in junk food here and their, but i'm an adult and it's all about moderation. At that point in life children are developing their attitude towards food and if they don't start making healthy choices when they are young, it is doubtful they ever will.