Hats off to Rep. Sean Faircloth. His proposed bills to reduce obesity in the state are a step in the right direction.

Many administrators voice concerns that they will lose money earned for their schools from the vending machines if bottled water, 100 percent fruit juice and healthy snacks are the only options presented to our students.

People go to vending machines when they are thirsty or hungry. They satisfy these needs from what is available.

If I have a bowl of chocolate bars on my kitchen table, my children will gladly devour them. If I have a bowl of grapes they will eat these with the same fervor.

Healthy lifestyle is a simple equation: good nutrition combined with exercise.

Let’s give our children a head start and present to them healthy options in our schools!

Anne Marie Mahar, Andover

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