Signs may help vending machines peddle healthier snacks

Published March 9, 2017

An article distributed by Reuters Health reports on a new study that suggests that vending machines containing healthy snacks and drinks may lure more people to buy these products with signs promoting their benefits than with price cuts for more nutritious selections, and interviews Myles Faith, professor and associate chair of counseling, school and educational psychology in the Graduate School of Education. “People often approach vending machines in a rush and pressed to make a selection without much thinking, almost in autopilot,” he said. “However, as this study shows, there can be a range of healthier selections in some vending machines if one slows down to look carefully.” Stories appeared in news outlets that include WHTC-AM in Michigan, WTVB-FM in Minnesota and WIXX-FM in Wisconsin.

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