Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department or School

Health Sciences

Committee Member

Alice Jo Rainville, PhD, RD

Committee Member

George Liepa, PhD

Committee Member

Lydia Kret, MS, RD


Soft drink vending machines are available in many schools across the nation. Some schools have recently removed soft drink vending machines and replaced them with milk vending machines. The purpose of this study was to investigate high school students’ (n = 84) perceptions of the shift from soft drink vending machines to milk vending machines in schools.

Students in this survey had an understanding of the importance of drinking milk, and students generally felt that purchasing milk from the lunch line was more convenient than from the vending machine. Students felt that the vending machine might contain warm, out of date, and/or generic milk. The majority of students felt indifferent toward the removal of the soft drink vending machine and did not often purchase soft drinks from vending machines.

Purchases from the milk vending machine may increase with more visible sell-by dates, promotional posters, and additional nutrition education.


Additional committee member: AbouEl-Makarim Aboueissa, PhD