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Healthier Vending in the Commonwealth

 

On the one hand, states fund obesity and chronic disease prevention. On the other, they serve and sell soda, chips, candy, and other foods that promote obesity and disease. Food service guidelines help to address this contradiction. States across the country are realizing that serving and selling unhealthy food contradicts their obesity and chronic disease prevention efforts. States can walk-the-walk by ensuring healthier options are available to visitors, participants, those who work for the state. We have the solution the state can provide healthier options in vending machines! Legislation that would require healthier vending on state property is on the move! It is time to ensure access to healthier options and help to create more supportive food environments for government employees, visitors to public property, participants in government‐sponsored programs, and people in government institutional environments.

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