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Date:4/16/2008

Clark County Washington First in Nation to Embrace the Vending Industry's

New 'Fit Pick' Program

CHICAGO, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The nation's vending industry will unveil tomorrow a new nationwide health oriented vending program in Clark County, Washington, National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) President Richard M. Geerdes, NCE announced today. The new program, called "Fit Pick(TM)," includes a host of vending materials designed to educate consumers about products that meet specific nutritional standards, and is being launched in Clark County by Community Choices and the Steps to a Healthier Clark County Initiative (Steps).

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In discussing the Fit Pick program and the Clark County partnership, NAMA President and CEO Richard M. Geerdes, NCE, said, "This is the first truly nationwide and industry-wide comprehensive program we're aware of. It demonstrates how committed the vending industry is to listening to our consumers and to be in the vanguard of those providing practical and common sense solutions to the nation's growing concern about health and wellness issues."
The NAMA Fit Pick program includes two nutrition standard choices:

-- Fit Pick Standard - Products that are less than 35% fat, less than 10%

saturated fat, and less than 35% total weight in sugar with nuts and

seeds excluded;

-- The Alliance for a Healthier Generation Standard - This standard begins

with the 35-10-35 guidelines mentioned above, but adds caps on sodium,

trans-fat, and calories.

Each Fit Pick package provides all the materials necessary to implement that particular standard. The program includes stickers that can be placed in front of qualifying products, thin clings that explain the nutrition standard, coin slo
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