The City of Little Rock has issued guidelines endorsed by the American Heart Association that implement evidence-based nutrition standards for healthier food and beverages in vending machines housed in buildings and property owned or leased by the City.
This move by the City of Little Rock means 410,000 citizens across Arkansas now have access to healthy vending options. The state’s Capitol joins communities from Northwest Arkansas which enacted the measure last fall. The guidelines ensure that if vending machines are located on city properties such as public libraries, parks, pools and community centers, they will meet recommended nutrition standards to provide residents with healthier options. Moving forward, all items must have 0 trans fats and no more than 230 mg of sodium. At least half of the beverages in vending machines must meet one of the following guidelines:
- 40 calories or less
- 100% juice (containing no added caloric sweeteners)
- 100% vegetable juice
- Less than 230mg sodium
- fat free or low fat milk
In addition, the majority of Little Rock’s city employees will benefit from healthier choices in vending machines where they work, including City Hall, police and fire departments. With a population of over 197,000, this is a critical step in building a culture of health in Central Arkansas.
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