New technology-based initiatives making their way into schools could spell the end of candy and soda in vending machines. According to the School Nutrition Association, healthy vending is an emerging trend in schools nationwide. Fueled by the heightened awareness of student obesity, schools are working with companies such as Horizon Software International and School-Link Technologies to offer students better choices in vending-machine food service.

The Healthy Vending program, from Horizon Software, makes healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables available in vending machines and can track students' purchases so parents know what they're eating.



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