Vending machines selling soft drinks and snacks could be banned in schools as part of a government drive to curb ob...
Vending machines selling soft drinks and snacks could be banned in schools as part of a government drive to curb obesity in children, reported The Sunday Times (p10).
In a joint move, health secretary John Reid and education secretary Charles Clarke are considering an outright ban on vending machines. They would like to see healthier options introduced such as fruit and plain water. The Labour government has already provided free fruit for pupils in infant schools and now wishes to wean older children and teenagers off high-calorie, high-sugar and high-salt snacks.
The plan to crack down on vending machines is likely to be announced within the next few months and will be achieved by simply ordering local education authorities to remove them from school premises. Ministers are prepared to break any financial deals that LEAs or individual schools have struck with the companies concerned.