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Research by IC faculty shows students willing to make healthier snack choices

College students might be more health conscious than traditionally thought. According to research conducted by Ithaca College faculty members Julia Lapp, William Harris Ressler and Amy Frith, students at Ithaca College were willing to buy healthier snacks from vending machines when available and in some cases, preferred it.

During the experiment, Lapp, Ressler, and Frith replaced some high sugar, salt, and fat snacks with healthier alternatives in two campus vending machines. Then they monitored sales and later surveyed 200 students on their reactions to the switch.

The results, which were published in the July 2014 issue of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health and later cited on Science Daily, showed that sales did not decline with the influx of healthier snacks and that the more athletic students viewed the change positively.

In its article, Science Daily mentioned the research could impact campus health initiatives and vendor profits. To read more about the study, check out Science Daily.




Originally published in Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education: Research by IC faculty shows students willing to make healthier snack choices .


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