Candy machines at Chilliwack rec centres set bad example

If we have a cultural obesity problem, we should start by offering better snacks especially in our kids' recreation centres!

We are from Alberta visiting our grandchildren.

Yesterday we had the opportunity of taking our two grandsons swimming at the Cheam Leisure Centre.  After swimming we had a great deal of trouble helping them avoid the candy in the lobby. There are nine candy machines two-and-a-half feet off the ground set right beside the exit. I mean sugar candy – jelly beans and eight other varieties of the same.

Beside that was a candy bar and chip machine with two items which could be considered appropriate – one trail mix and one gummy fruit snack.

Next to that was a pop machine offering two juices out of a total of perhaps 20 or 40 options.

We opted for the toy machines above the candy machines and our five-year-old grandson got a plastic grenade. Irony?

At Christmas we visited the Chilliwack Landing Leisure Centre and although they have a snack bar, the same line up of candy machines face the kids as they exit the pool.

If we have a cultural obesity problem, if sugar is a major culprit in the problem, we should start by offering better snacks especially in our kids recreation centres!

Carol Larsen