Navigate the Snack Debate
People typically use vending machines as a quick fix for hunger but one university uses them to research and fix unhealthy habits. Continue reading
People typically use vending machines as a quick fix for hunger but one university uses them to research and fix unhealthy habits.
The Utah Valley University Public and Community Health department launched a program called “Navigate the Snack Debate”. It tells people what’s in those vending machine snacks to help them make better choices. Each item has a colored sticker. A green sticker tells you to buy freely while a red one makes you stop and think twice about eating those delicious candy bars.
“We’re trying to do something small here at UVU to get people to make healthier choices so perhaps they can avoid negative health consequences that go with obesity,” said Dr. Mary Brown, research administrator of the program.
Brown says healthier food choices have increased by 20% already. The researchers will release the final results in spring.
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