Healthy Vending Initiative
Vending machines in City of Alexandria government buildings now provide healthy snacks and beverages! The City of Alexandria Healthy Vending initiative aims to support both employee, and community health and well-being. City of Alexandria departments play a pivotal role in providing recreation, health, and social services throughout the community; therefore, fostering an environment with easily accessible healthy food options throughout City departments will positively impact the health of Alexandrians.
What is healthy vending?
- New machines, provided by Vend Natural, only stock snacks and beverages that meet USDA's "Smart Snacks in Schools" nutrition guidelines, which include at least 50% whole grain and up to 200 calories, 35% fat, 35% sugar, and 230 mg salt.
- Snacks include fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, dried fruit, and whole grain items.
- Beverages include water, seltzer, low fat and fat free milk, 100% juices, and other low calorie items.
- New machines accept credit cards, operate with greater energy efficiency, offer improved customer service, and have digital screens that display nutritional information before making a purchase!
Why is healthy vending important?
- Over the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in both childhood and adult obesity in the United States. Obesity causes major health problems and results in significant financial burdens to individuals and tax payers.
- In the City of Alexandria, childhood and adult obesity has reached epidemic proportions. In 2010, according to CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Survey, 53.3% of Alexandria adults were overweight and 8.6% of Alexandria adults were obese.
- New machines will ensure that City employees and community members have access to healthy snacks and beverages, making the healthy choice the easy choice.
Check out the healthy vending initiative highlighted by Old Town Alexandria Patch!
The Healthy Vending Initiative is headed by the Alexandria Health Department and made possible through funding from the Virginia Foundation for a Healthy Youth. For more information, contact Bianca Lawless, Community Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.746.4983.