Reporter - Danielle Lerner

Mar 21, 2012 8:00 PM by Danielle Lerner

"Fit Picks" promote healthier vending machine options on campus

Snacking healthier just got a bit easier on the University of Arizona campus. It is called the "Fit Pick" vending machine program and the school's Student Health Advocacy Committee is putting it into action.

It is a simple, easy idea, you just put stickers next to the healthier options in the vending machines. They are small steps health advocates hope can make a big difference on campus.

"With Fit Pick you're able to see directly what are the good choices," said Meghann Miller, a student health advocate.

They are good choices sometimes hidden among all the chips, cookies and candy. Now a small sticker helps point people in the right direction if they are looking for a healthier option.

The Fit Pick items follow a 35-10-35 standard. That means it has no more than 35 percent of its total calories from fat, 10 percent from saturated fat or 35 percent of its total weight from sugar.

The program launched in January and students say so far the feedback has been positive.

"If people can see it right away then they're more likely to make those choices," said Miller, "and with all the rising obesity rates in the country and the state there's more likely a chance to lessen that hopefully."

So far all of the machines in the student union have the stickers. The entire campus should have them within the next six months.


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