Will Rim Country Schools Follow National Trend Against Junk Food?


It has been rumored that the ban of junk food and soft drinks is soon to be expected on all school campuses nationwide.

The issue that sparked this whole operation was when the Los Angeles Unified School District board voted in August 2002 to ban the sale of soft drinks on its school campuses.

Now it is becoming a nationwide trend.

There were 30 Arizona schools that volunteered to do the test trial of stopping the sale of junk food and soda. Some of these schools were from the Tucson Unified School District, and Stanfield Elementary School District. Results of these tests are expected next January.

Although many schools profit greatly from these purchases, not to mention corporations such as Coca-Cola and Nabisco, they will soon have to find new means of bringing in extra revenue.

According to the LA Daily News, the average amount that most schools make from these sales is close to $4,000 a month.

This money is most often used to fund clubs, after-school projects, sports, and field trips. But is this enough to influence others that we do need these sales to profit our schools?

Some say that this isn't enough compared to what is happening to the students. This ban is being put into effect because there are about 4.7 million youths, ages 6 to 17, who are overweight or obese.

Is this good enough reason to ban these sales, or is it the children and their guardian's own fault?

Soft drinks will be eliminated and replaced with juice, water and milk during the school day. Things like pretzels and granola bars are replacing the less nutritious junk foods such as candy and chips.

Will Payson Schools follow this trend?

A main problem is that schools are worried about how to replace thousands of dollars they get each year from soft-drink sales and other vending machines.

Sue Myers of Payson High School agrees with the change and said that we all eat too much. Their profit from vending machines is so much they can't give a dollar figure. It would be hard to support clubs and things without them though.

Monica Nitzche of Payson Center For Success says that in a school of 54 students, profit from one vending machine and the candy at break is about $2,000 a year. Money goes to a student account and is voted upon what it is used for.

Who knows, maybe the vending machines in our town could become vending machines filled with juices, and milk, and the candy could turn into more health conscious foods.

Julie Kudlicki is a senior at Payson Center for Success. She is a contributing reporter for the Roundup as part of her class credits.

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