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Fresh Healthy Vending Supports Washington State New Guidelines for Healthier Vending
Date:5/13/2013

(PRWEB) May 13, 2013

The state of Washington is looking at big changes in the foods available from vending machines. A number of larger cities have already reviewed the situation and passed new ordinances in support of healthier food choices.

In March, the Seattle City Council voted 9 to 0 to adopt the King County Healthy Vending Guidelines, these require that vending machines located on city property must provide healthier food choices. At least half of the food sold in city vending machines must be nutritious. Seattle’s city parks have offered healthy choices in their vending machines since 2010.

The ordinance sited numerous reasons for the new healthy food guidelines, including these proclamations:

  •     approximately half the adult population in the city of Seattle is overweight or obese
  • overweight adults are at greater risk for numerous serious health outcomes that place a large burden on the health care system and increase health care costs
  • studies show that Americans consume too few vegetables, fruits, high-fiber whole grains, and too much saturated and trans-fats, refined grains, sodium and sugar-sweetened beverages
  • ensuring easy access to healthy food and beverage choices in City work sites would provide opportunities for City employees to consume more nutritious food and beverages while at work and support healthy and productive City employees
  • establishes standards for vending machine content based upon calories, fat, sugar and sodium content

Forward-thinking cities throughout the nation have been developing guidelines for healthy vending machine food choices, Chicago has the Blueprint for Healthier Vending in place . In the Seattle area, the
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