June 2012

Vending machines in health centers

Um, why is this still even happening?

My family and I have been becoming more health conscious—spending more time at the rec center (which we really can’t afford, but then again, can you afford not to?), walking, and gardening in our free time. Much of it has been enjoyable, but there’s something that I just don’t understand.

When you see movies featuring a rec center or fitness business, there’s always some kind of health food bar where you can get, I don’t know, power smoothies and bananas or something. But our rec center just has vending machines featuring the same kinds of nasty calorie-laden, sugary or salty junk food you’ll find in, say, a school cafeteria—which shouldn’t be selling them either, by the way.

What the heck is with this? Is it a ploy to get you to stay unhealthy and thereby in need of the recreation center even more, or perhaps a simpler scenario in which the cheapest food is what’s available? Either way, I don’t like it, and it’s not just at the rec centers.