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Should Pop machines and vending machines be allowed in today's schools?

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2: Should Pop and Vending machines be allowed in schools is an age old question. The debate of pop and vending machines in schools has been an ongoing debate for many years, and has come to a head once again with the need to “get” our schools healthy. Todays children are labeled as overweight or obese, under exercised and lack nutritious food, especially in the school system. I have seen this for my own eyes while doing my practiums and in raising my own children. It is many times easier to send money along to school for children to buy their lunches in vending machines than it is to pack a nutritious lunch. We as educators and administrators need to make it a priority to keep our children healthy and enable them to lead a healthier lifestyle that will stay with them for a lifetime. One step that I feel we can do is remove the pop and vending machines from the schools which would alter the availability in the school building. If children want the “junk” food they will have to find an alternate way to get it.

3: Many schools and school boards across Canada and the United States are trying to band "junk food" from school property altogether. While this sounds like a euphoric idea, it is an idea that, in my opinion, will never work. We as educators cannot "tell" parents what they can and cannot send in their children's lunches. We can however, remove the pop and vending machines and teach children the benefits of healthy eating.

4: A TEACHER'S PERSPECTIVE School nutrition: Are we failing Canada's kids? In many provinces, vending machines are still doling out chips and pop to students. Without national nutrition standards, that won't change By Paul Finkelstein, with files from Lisa Murphy School nutrition: Are we failing Canada I’m Paul Finkelstein, a teacher at Stratford Northwestern Secondary School in Ontario, and a regular contributor to Best Health. Each day, I help teenagers learn how to cook and enjoy eating healthy, locally sourced food. That’s why it drives me nuts when, too often, I see students leaving class to go to the vending machine for a pop or sugary snack. Parents who wouldn’t dream of doling out pop or chocolate bars at home may not realize that vending machines in our schools could be replacing their child’s healthy meal.

5: Here are the facts: 26 percent of Canadian kids qualify as overweight or obese. Students eat about a third of their daily food at school. Adolescents make 78 percent of their vending machine purchases there, according to Promoting Healthy Eating in Schools on the Alberta government website, Of these purchases, 64 percent include a beverage, 32 percent include candy or gum, and 26 percent include salty snacks. These junky treats and often oversize drinks take the place of healthier choices, like fruit or milk, and kids don’t make up that nutrition shortfall at home, says Dietitians of Canada. It’s maddening, since we know that a high-quality diet boosts learning. guideline don't work.

6: SUPPORTERS OF VENDING MACHINES PTA as well as school principals strongly supported the use of vending machines in schools, specifically during times when the flow of funds from federal and state governments was drastically cut down. In a lot of schools, the revenue generated from these automated retail machines offered much needed funds for classroom enhancement, athletic programs, after-school programs and for more installation of computers within classes. Schools' ban on junk food takes bite out of budget

7: BENEFITS OF POP AND VENDING MACHINES IN SCHOOLS Even though the benefits of a vending machine have been widely recognized, all across the globe, there are many people, who still do not support the use of these machines inside schools. Many school officials, nutritionists and even parents consider vending machines to be extremely damaging for children as they mostly sell unhealthy drink and food items. However, on the other hand they cannot completely deny the important role that these machines play in generating revenues for schools, especially during difficult economic times. Hence, nowadays, more and more schools, all over the country, are installing these automated retail machines and replacing unhealthful drink and food items with nutritious offerings. THE PURCHASE OF SCHOOL UNIFORMS PAY FOR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES PAY FOR SPORTS EQUIPTMENT PAY FOR OFFICE EQUIPTMENT

8: Student's Perspectives | Students Like Vending Machines in Schools By: Pedro Diez

9: Health club vending machines are all up to the challenge of promoting a healthier nation. This time though, one of them is targeting all parents’ participation in achieving a healthy lifestyle. After all, if we want our kids to start living healthy, parents should lead by example. “Too much blame is being placed on the kids. Adults need to step up and be better role models if we want our kids to be healthy. That’s what this is all about,” says Chuck Runyon—CEO of Anytime Fitness—pertaining to the nationwide campaign featuring TV commercials and full-page ads in USA Today and People magazine which declare “There is no childhood obesity epidemic.”

10: Guided Activity | I will start this lesson introducing the concept of controversy and how it is every persons democratic right to have an opinion. It may not be my opinion or that of their peers, but hey have a right to their own point of view/perspective. Then I will proceed in introducing the topic we will be discussing. Should Pop and Vending machines be allowed in today's schools? After brainstorming as a group I will split the class into three equal groups where I will give them a copy of articles from the Student's perspective, the Teacher's perspective and the Parent's perspective on vending machines and pop machines in the school. Each group will discuss and brainstorm ideas of why their article has the best arguements I will then bring them back together as a class and form a debate club where each group will debate their assigned article.

11: I plan on presenting this controversial issue in a grade six Social Studies class. I will use this topic to address the principles of democracy (6.1.2 of the Program of Studies), the importance of healthy food (Health W6.5), and listening to others with differing opinions (Health R6.7).

12: Bibliography Diez, P. (n.d.). Students Like Vending machines in Schools. Retrieved june 13, 2011, from Deep Finkelstein, P. (2009, March/April). School Nutrition: Are we failing Canada's kids? Retrieved June 13, 2011, from Best Health: Health Club Vending Machines to get Healthy Snacks. (2010, september 07). Retrieved june 13, 2011, from FRESH Healthy Vending: PICTURE. (2001-2011). Retrieved JUNE 13, 2011, from i NET GIANT:

13: continued: Siding, R. (2004, november 26). Schools ban on junk food takes bite out of budgets. Retrieved june 13, 2011, from The benefits of having vending machines in schools. (2001, june 03). Retrieved june 13, 2011, from Page Quest Article Directory: WHY DO ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS HAVE VENDING MACHINES. (2007, 04 12). Retrieved JUNE 13, 2011, from Williamson, J. (2004, november 4). Picture. Retrieved june 13, 2011, from Top News.In:

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  • Title: Should Pop machines and vending machines be allowed in today's schools?
  • This topic is a very controversial issue that has been surrounding schools in Alberta and the Country for a very long time
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