When is the last time that you saw a healthy option on a stop during a road trip? We have it engrained in our minds that junk food is the only easily available, grab-and-go option.
According to the American College Health Association, research from 2011 found that 29.2 percent of American college students were overweight or obese. Swapping out unhealthy food in the vending machines for fresh, nutritious options would aid in the fight against obesity in our college’s student body.
If you travel through the hallways of Pierce College, you see vending machines full of sugary sodas and fattening foods, including potato chips and candy bars. These foods do not promote healthy living or a healthy mindset.
Many colleges, like UCLA, have introduced a plan of action to promote healthy living among students. It is time that Pierce joins in, beginning with filling the vending machines with healthy options. This will ultimately change the way people think about food.
College students are often too busy with school and work that they forget about the importance of healthy eating, which can lead to weight gain, health problems and obesity.
Obesity, which is marked by being extremely overweight, is becoming more common.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one third (36.5 percent) of adults in America are obese. It all stems from the unhealthy diet habits that citizens choose to make on a daily basis.
Though obesity is often thought of as being an adult condition, it is also seen in younger generations. Children are facing obesity, and it is not a surprise that college students are as well.
Healthy foods make you less tired and feel better about yourself. Healthy options inside of the vending machines on campus would ultimately make students perform better in school. They wouldn’t feel sluggish or tired, but ready to take on the day.
Nutritious snacks can change your eating habits from good to bad. If Pierce were to have healthy options in the vending machines, it would pave the way for a better future.