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Johnson: USD 457 vending machine policy

Published 8/19/2010 in Podcasts

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USD 457 Director of Nutrition Services Tracy Johnson discusses the upcoming changes to the school district's policy for vending machines on this Talk of the Town.

Tracy Johnson, USD 457 director of nutrition services, discusses the district's revision to the vending machine guidelines at the high school.

According to Johnson, vending machines can serve carbonated beverages, but only an hour after the lunch period, and the vending machine cannot contain more than 50 percent carbonated beverages. The revision brings the high school into the "advanced" state guideline, Johnson said.

Next year, the district will adopt the "exemplary" level, and there will be no carbonated drinks in any vending machines that are accessed by students, Johnson said.

The changes come after a recent report by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranked Kansas as the 16th most obese state in the nation. The 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey also found that 12.4 percent of Kansas high school students were obese, another 13.1 percent were overweight and only 27.8 percent were physically active at least 60 minutes a day.

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