Healthier options in school vending machines
Louisiana has one of the highest childhood obesity rates in the country, and what kids eat at school could contribute to that.
Doctors at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center say students can get extra calories and fat through snacks they get from school vending machines and concession stands.
A state law passed in 2005 regulates what schools can and can't sell in vending machines. Pennington manages the list, which takes into account calories, fat, and vitamin intake. If a school wants to add a type of food or drink to a machine, it has to be approved.
Many schools yanked old vending machines out when state law changed years ago. They have replaced them with new machines that offer low-calorie and low-sugar drink options.
Most schools only have drink machines available. Snacks are often sold through concession stands during certain parts of the day or after school.