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Seattle: 50% of snacks in city vending machines must be ‘healthy’

vendingSEATTLE — The Seattle City Council on Monday unanimously adopted a bill requiring all vending machines operated on city property to stock at least 50 percent “healthier” and “healthiest” food and beverage selections as defined by Public Health Seattle & King County.

The “healthiest” category include fresh or dehydrated vegetables, fresh or dehydrated fruit, whole grain cereals, low-fat popcorn, unsalted nuts or seeds, fat-free or low-fat plain yogurt and other items.

The “healthier” items include such things as baked potato chips, frozen fruit juice bars, whole grain crackers, pretzels, corn chips, etc.

To see a list of the guidelines, click here.

“We are working to do our part to support healthier choices for those who want them,” Mayor Mike McGinn said. “I thank Councilmember (Richard) Conlin for his leadership on this issue and I look forward to continuing to work with him to improve access to healthier food choices for our employees and all Seattle residents.”

Conlin, sponsor of the healthy vending machine legislation, issued the following statement after the vote, “Healthy vending helps to make the healthy choice the easy choice. This is one way that we can support healthy and productive city employees. City employees will now have more opportunities to consume more nutritious food and beverages while at work.”

Seattle’s Department of Parks and Recreation has led the way by successfully implementing the King County Healthy Vending Guidelines of “Healthier” and “Healthiest” choices in all vending machines in city park facilities in 2010.


4 Comments to “Seattle: 50% of snacks in city vending machines must be ‘healthy’”

    Mary Crosbie said:
    March 4, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Does the City of Seattle City Counsel and Mayor Mike McGinn seriously not have anything better to do with their time than police what their employees eat?!

    Mrs. Vendez said:
    March 5, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    What would be cheaper?
    a) To stuff all vending machines with healthy-ier foods and see if anyone buys them?
    b) To make a survey on which you could base such decision?
    If the Council has not done its research, this is no more than populism. If this is based on the success in city park facilities than I am happy and wish luc for che Council!

    HealthVend said:
    March 6, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Congrats! We at http://www.HealthVendUS.com can help with this initiative! Would love to talk more.

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