Indiana Law Cuts School Junk Food But Not Obesity

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Students at Indiana schools have a wider range of healthy snacks to choose from in vending machines and snack bars since lawmakers endorsed guidelines to cut the amount of junk food available to young people with the aim of reducing obesity in the state.

The 2006 law requires that at least half of the food in school vending machines be healthy choice options and bans elementary school students from accessing vending machines during the school day.

A WISH-TV survey of schools in central Indiana released Monday found that some students still have easy access to fattening sweets and salty snacks in school, but many establishments focus on promoting healthier eating.

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