This year, Heritage students are no longer allowed to use the vending machines between 6:30 AM-1:30 PM. The vending machines are unplugged and the snacks have changed; there is no more candy and now low-fat, whole-grain-rich snacks.
This is because the US Department of Agriculture has created a Smart Snacks in School program that requires schools to sell foods that meet certain nutrition guidelines. Schools nationwide have been affected by this and schools that don’t comply with the new regulations could be fined.
I’m happy with the change because altering the snacks and limiting our time to use vending machines allows us to stop snacking through the day and force students to change their eating habits. I’m sure students will eat a better, more nutritious breakfast and savor the time they have for lunch. If students aren’t happy with the change, they can go out for lunch or bring lunch from home.
Although Colorado is one of the healthiest states in the country, there are many young people who are considered overweight. Even if you’re overweight or not, healthy eating is essential to a healthy long life and it’s much better to start good habits while you’re young. The food may not seem as good, but in the long run, you’ll have less health problems when you get older, you’ll have more energy to get through the day and you’ll have the proper nutrition to keep your body growing.
It may not seem like a good change right now, but this change isn’t happening to anger students. If you look at the bigger picture, the change in food is happening to help instill better eating habits and improve your health.by