Bill Proposes Healthy Choices in State Building Vending Machines

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In February, California State Assembly Member Holly Mitchell introduced bill AB459. The bill requires that any vending machine located on state property must have a certain percentage of healthy and sustainable foods available on January 1, 2015 and be 100% compliant by January 1, 2017.

California Council Woman Holly Mitchell Introduces Bill AB459

The Fresh Healthy Vending company, located in San Diego, is in accord with assembly member Mitchell. Creating an environment that reinforces nourishing eating habits is the reason their machines are stocked with foods and beverages that meet or exceed USDA nutritional guidelines.

“Given how much the state’s healthcare bills are rising, offering healthier food choices at public facilities should be a matter of arithmetic,” assembly member Mitchell stated, “but it’s also a matter of caring about state employees and visitors.” Mitchell is a Democrat from Culver City representing the 54th District in Los Angeles.

Currently, Fresh Healthy Vending is working on a strategy to allocate resources for corporate- owned machines that will be available for schools and government buildings owned or leased by the state of California.

“We understand the significant investment required to put legislation like this in place,” said
Alex Kennedy, CEO of Fresh Healthy Vending. “We see the value in supporting the health
of employees and students that will be affected positively by having access to nutritious food choices. We look forward to showing support for the bill when it goes to committee in April.”

“As the largest provider of healthy vending machines in the country, we are positioned to supply them on the scale required to outfit buildings throughout California,” she said, “We were the first company to use this concept, and we now operate over 2,000 machines nation- wide.”

The state of California is leading the movement nationally in providing more nutritious vending machine choices with numerous programs outlined and available to the public. The California Department of Public Health and the Network for a Healthy California — Worksite Program offers standards for on-site vending machines. http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/cpns/Documents/Network-FV-WP-VendingMachineStandards.pdf

Under the new bill, buildings must meet the criteria for offering healthier choices as outlined in the food and nutrition guidelines in accordance with certain content percentages. Determined by the United States General Services Administration’s Health and Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operations, it reads: “The federal government is invested in assisting its employees in making healthy food and beverage choices, and creating and promoting a sustainable food system through guidelines for food available for purchase at federal facilities.”

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans is also part of the federal measure. This set of recommendations encourages a focus on consuming nutrient-dense foods and beverages, increased consumption of wholesome foods and maintaining calorie balance over time to achieve and sustain a healthy weight. http://www.gsa.gov/graphics/pbs/Guidelines_for_Federal_Concessions_and_Vending_Operations.pdf

Fresh Healthy Vending machines are in workplaces, schools and fitness centers throughout the country offering healthy snack food and beverage choices. The directives for the Fresh Healthy Vending company include keeping minds and bodies in better shape and assisting Americans in becoming healthier by providing nutritious, wholesome snacks and drinks available through vending machines. Expert at creating profitable vending businesses, the company also offers the Fresh Healthy Café machine, a unique vending machine that dispenses fresh, gourmet organic coffee drinks together with signature nourishing snack options.

For more information about Fresh Healthy Vending, visit http://www.freshvending.com. To inquire about receiving a Fresh Healthy Vending machine where you work, live or play, visit http://www.freshandhealthy.org or call toll free 888-902-7558.

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