School Vending

Schools Get Active with "Go, Slow, Whoa" Foods

Using a stoplight approach, "Go, Slow, Whoa" is used to label the healthfulness of snack foods and beverages.

Go foods – labeled as green – are lowest in fat, sodium, and calories. These are whole foods that are nutrient dense. Go foods should be eaten most often.

Slow foods – labeled as yellow – are somewhat higher in fat, sodium, and calories. Slow foods are more processed and should be eaten less often.

Whoa foods – labeled as red – are highest in fat, sodium, and calories. They are the most processed and should be eaten least often.

In order to maintain programs such as Go, Slow, Whoa, Wood County schools need to adopt wellness policies to replace junk food with healthy options in school vending machines, a la carte lunch lines and school stores. Contact your child's teacher or principal today and let them know that healthy food in school vending machines is important to you.

If you are interested in promoting Go, Slow, Whoa in your worksite, school, community based or faith based organization please contact the Wood County Health Department at 715.421.8911 or

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