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The good news is that Howard County students are showing concern for the environment in practical and specific ways. The bad news is that our streams aren't getting good grades!
Hi. If you are concerned about getting junk food out of our schools, following is a list of reasons to get moving. It's time to get behind Health Vending options. Do you agree? Reinventing State Vending Machines Better Choices. Less Junk Sugar Free Kids Maryland is advocating for a bill to make healthier food and drinks more widely available in vending machines located on state property like state office buildings, parks, recreation centers, hospitals, rest stops, and universities. Top 9 Reasons to Support Healthy Vending: 1. Ensure access to healthier options and help to create more supportive food environments for government employees, visitors to public property, participants in government‐sponsored programs, and people in government institutional environments. 2. Support employees’ ability to eat healthfully. Studies show a strong relationship between the physical and social environment of the workplace and the health behaviors of employees. 3. Increase demand for healthier options. State government is a large purchaser of food. Directing its food dollars towards healthful options drives demand for healthier products and spurs companies to reformulate their products. 4. Reduce health care costs. Offering healthier options in public places could decrease the economic burden of obesity and diet‐related chronic diseases, which cost $190 billion a year—half of that is paid by taxpayers through Medicaid and Medicare. 5. Increase Maryland’s competitiveness. Our state’s competitiveness is reduced when diet‐related diseases reduce productivity of working‐aged adults. 6. Model and reinforce other nutrition and obesity prevention efforts by state and local governments. Most state and many local governments implement obesity and chronic disease prevention programs. Those programs are undermined and contradicted by selling unhealthy foods on public property or serving them through government‐sponsored programs. 7. Give people what they want. People want healthier options and generally are trying to eat healthier. A study of healthy vending in Chicago parks showed that 88% of park‐goers were satisfied with the healthier vending options. A Snack Food Association survey revealed that three‐fourths of consumers are trying to eat healthier and two‐thirds are eating specific foods to lose weight. 8. Reduce obesity and diet‐related chronic diseases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that making healthier food and drink more available and affordable on county property should be a priority for local governments. The Institute of Medicine agrees and recommends that doing so can help reduce diabetes, obesity, and other chronic diseases. 9. Join the movement. States from Tennessee to California and over 80 localities from Hernando, MS to New York City have implemented policies to improve the food and beverage offerings on their public property. These policies are being implemented in a variety of venues, from vending machines to all programs. This is a low‐cost strategy to address nutrition and obesity. For more information, contact Sugar Free Kids at 410-878-9918 or visit http://www.sugarfreekidsmd.org