Maryland State Senator Proposes Tougher Nutrition Standards For Vending Machines

March 9, 2015

Maryland State Senator Ronald Young has proposed three bills, one of which is aimed at tightening the nutrition standards for vending machines in schools, according to the Frederick News-Post. The bill would require a county board of education to develop and implement a policy that requires vending machine products sold in public schools comply with specified nutrition standards and a wellness policy for the entire school day rather than just part of the day, reports the source.

The other two bills are designed to reduce sugar intake in school meals and form wellness committees to recommend physical, mental and social health programs for students. Young's bills are being considered by the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.