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You vs. the concession stand: Healthy snack ideas

Concession stands and the people who manage them are becoming friendlier toward health conscious individuals. Still, many concession stands could use a makeover.

Plan your treat ahead when heading to the game.

“Allow yourself a treat at the game,” said Chrisanne Urban, a registered dietitian at Marshfield Clinic. “Popcorn is a delicious snack, but it’s often prepared with heavy oils and high in sodium. It’s OK to indulge in your favorite snack, just find a friend to share with.”

You vs concession stand infographic comparing common offerings at high school gymnasiums that are high in calories to offerings that are less common but lower in calorie count.

Building a better concession stand

The Michigan Department of Community Health offers this five-step approach to building a better concession stand:

  1. Make a list of all the foods and beverages your concession stand now offers
  2. Aim for a 50/50 balance between healthy choices and other options
  3. Do you have fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low fat dairy?
  4. Price the healthy choices lower than the other options
  5. Market the new “made over” concession stand highlighting the healthy snack ideas. Brag a little!

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