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USDA considers new regulations for school vending machines

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LIBERTY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Say good-bye to the greasy chips and fudge brownies, and say hello to the new world of vending machines.

Vending machines that offer water, flavored water, and milk are now starting to pop up in area schools like Liberty High School  

Liberty High School Student Brooke Wiewel is already adapting to the changes.

"I do tend to bring some fruit or maybe some almonds to class with me if I'm ever hungry," said Wiewel.

Even though Liberty High School has the healthy options, they still have one Pepsi machine that's tempting students throughout the day.

"That's turned off all day long and it goes back on at about 3:30 or 4:00 in the afternoon," said Principal Karen Carper .

On Friday, the USDA proposed new regulations to make sure all foods sold in schools were healthy.

Carper says they take the health of their students very seriously. So much so, that students aren't allowed to take unhealthy food into class.

"We do allow them to bring healthy snacks, especially in the middle morning, because students need that little boost to get through to lunch time. "

Carper says it's hard for some of the students to completely rid themselves of junk while in school.

"Sometimes they get frustrated when we don't allow them to bring whatever they want in the mornings, like their soda," said Carper.

However, Wiewel says she doesn't mind the "no junk food" policy.

"I'm glad that our school is kind of encouraging us all to be healthy because it's something that our society needs," said Wiewel.

The USDA proposal would also make improvements to school lunch menus, requiring schools to offer healthier options.

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