Sunday, September 13, 2009

Hypocrisy at the Community Centre

I was down at the False Creek Community Centre the other day and walked past their vending machine. A little chart on the inside left of the machine with colour coding caught my attention. Headed "Healthy Choices" it had four levels ranging from the double check marked green "Choose Most" to the red unhappy face "Not recommended".

And beside each item in the machine was a corresponding colour sticker. So, for example, trail mix got the nice double check mark, whereas one of my favourites, Coffee Crisp, got the dreaded Red Sad Face.

Now, in some ways I don't mind this. It's not a bad thing to remind us that some foods aren't very good for us.

But don't you think it's a little hypocritical to sell a product and, at the same time, say it's "Not Recommended". How about this, if you don't recommend it then don't sell it. Don't sell it to me and try to lecture me at the same time. Stand up for what you believe in.

I could honestly accept if they said that one was a "Healthier Choice" and one was "Less Healthy". But instead it's "Choose Most", "Choose Sometimes", "Choose Least" and "Not Recommended".

Shouldn't a Rec Centre be a leader in healthy eating. If anyone should be expected to set an example and not sell crap, it should be the place you go to to get healthy. I guess in this case the potential for revenue from the machine outweighed their principles. And that's kind of sad.

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