11/02/2012 - ''A new study shows many Minnesota high schools offer unhealthy snacks in vending machines or snack bars.
The results come from a nationwide analysis by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Minnesota ranked among the best in the nation in the percentage of schools offering healthy snacks, like fruit. But it was one of the worst on a measure of schools offering cookies, pastries or crackers.
Erik Olson, directer of food programs at The Pew Charitable Trusts, said those snacks compete with healthier options.
'We're making so much of an effort to try to improve school meals, but if kids can just go down the hall and turn the corner, and buy in a vending machine or a school store, something that's a lot less healthy, you're really not going to be addressing the problem,' Olson said.
Healthy snacks help fight obesity, Olson said.
'What the research is showing is that you really only need to cut about 110 to 165 calories per day out of a kid's diet in order to help reverse this whole skyrocketing obesity problem,' Olson said. 'That's really the difference between, say, eating an apple versus eating a bag of chips for a snack.'''
Read the full article, Study: Unhealthy snacks common in Minn. high schools, on the Minnesota Public Radio website.