It seems as though in New York City new ads are coming out every day that highlight the negative affects sugary drinks, like soda, have on children. And although the convenience stores across the street from school campuses can sell soda, vending machines are being targeted as a leading cause of childhood obesity. Vendors are made to look like a villain, where candy and sugary drinks are kryptonite to America’s young.
A popular radio/television ad says the following:
“You do so many things to protect [your children], but there is one thing that can hurt them that you may never have realized. Many sugary drinks can contain 16 or more teaspoons of sugar. Too much sugar can cause obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay. So try some healthier options, after all they’re sweet enough already.”
The thing is this: vendors agree. Vendors also have children and want them to grow up to be healthy adults.
Back in the day large beverage companies and the revenue brought in by their product on school campuses was enough to fund score boards. Today as new studies arise you may not see a Pepsi sponsored score board but you may see an Aquafina (the brand of water Pepsi distributes) sponsored board. In other words New York City vending companies will mold itself to fit the needs of its consumers.
On grammar school campuses in New York City today you can find machines dedicated to 100% healthy items. Your New York City vendor can help create a program based on their healthy alternatives or they can work to create a program based on your guidelines.
As the need for healthy vending continues to rise organizations dedicated solely to the purpose of healthy eating for children on school campuses are beginning to emerge. These organizations are not competition but aids, blazing a clear cut trail on what healthy machines should look like.
If you are looking to start/revise your school’s vending services and want to go healthy but are unsure where to begin talk to your New York City vending service. If you’d like to brush up on some of the popular guidelines for healthy alternatives before you make the call here are some of the basics:
The most popular guideline for a healthy alternative snack follow the 35-10-35 principle where snacks have no more than:
- 35% of total calories from fat
- 10% of calories from saturated fat
- 35% of total product weight from sugar
Many New York City grammar schools are taking it a step further and suggest the following limitations:
- No fried anything
- No artificial flavors
- No high fructose corn syrup
- No artificial ingredients