It sounds great doesn’t it and yet if you or a family member has to attend the emergency department at the local hospital, you are confronted by a vending machine selling junk food and drinks.
Your child (or you) should definitely not eat food from a vending machine if you are waiting to be seen by a doctor – that is a given, but what about if you are waiting a long time, which is the ‘norm’ sometimes in the Emergency Department, to see a relative or friend who has been admitted, or is undergoing evaluation and tests.
Two hours pass, maybe three and your stomach rumbles, the little ones are fractious and wanting something to see them over till the next meal. I can hear the vending machine a-calling!
Will it be a packet of chips, some cheezles or a mars or snickers bar? What will you wash that down with, a lemonade, a fruit juice or a ginger ale?
I am not a fan of sandwiches, but surely they would be a better option than choosing from the aforementioned list? Maybe a piece of fruit would be a better choice? How about some dried fruit and nut mix for yourself (and for the kiddies if they are old enough), and then there could always be a fruit &/or yoghurt option. Don’t forget a bottle of water now will you.
Surely when the Health Department is promising to assist and advise on healthy food and snack options for you and your family, and they are discussing ways to cut the obesity epidemic, they could at least put their ‘money where their mouth is’ and see to it that vending machines in public hospitals serve only healthy options – or are they simply intent of creating more patients down the line?
Oops, I almost forgot to mention the diabetics and the celiacs, whp should not, under any circumstances eat this food which is currently on offer!
Eat Well Tasmania’s website says it can help raise awareness of enjoyable healthy eating for the wellbeing of all Tasmanians, and even discusses a project H.O.V.E.R which is designed to assist employers to discover and implement Healthier Options in Vending. I expect like most things Governmental – it will take forever to implement, meanwhile Tasmanians will continue to be confronted with junk food only options in hospital waiting rooms.