Increasing access to healthier foods and beverages in public places is a fast-growing movement across the country. This resource provides comparisons of nutrition-based and food-based standards for prepared foods sold or served at catered meetings and events, cafeterias and cafes, concessions stands, university campuses, and other public and private food service settings. Also included is a comparison of beverage standards for food service settings.
Increasing access to healthier foods and beverages in public places is a fast-growing movement across the country. This chart compares different sets of recommended nutrition criteria for vended beverages, packaged snacks, and entrée-type foods.
Frequently asked questions about healthy vending
Many vendors have found that revenue is unaffected by implementing healthy vending, and some vendors have experienced an increase in sales when they increased healthier options. The transition can be coupled with nutrition education, taste tests, promotions, and changes to pricing to support healthy choices
The Center for Science in the Public Interest and Voices for Healthy Kids developed a fact sheet on vending labeling. This document includes the requirements of the national vending labeling law and information about healthier vending, including evaluations of initiatives, consumer demand, and the business case for offering healthier products. Share this fact sheet with participating worksites and other stakeholders to support healthier vending.
This colorful booklet provides an overview of Smart Snacks Standards and how to tell if a food/beverage meets the requirements. This is a ready-to-go resource for anyone that oversees the sale of foods/beverages to students on the school campus during the school day.
This CDC framework provides school nutrition professionals, school health professionals, administrators, teachers, and parents detailed information on the components of a school nutrition environment and how, together, they influence a students’ access to healthy foods and beverages at school. Access the PDF here: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/nutrition/pdf/school_nutrition_framework_508tagged.pdf
To assist with implementation of healthy vending policies, CSPI created a list of snacks, entrées, and beverages that meet three sets of nutrition standards for vending. The list does not contain every product that meets the standards, but offers a sense of the types of products that could be placed in healthier vending machines. Product List 2016
This report provides a strong rationale for why the CHSC grant focuses on school wellness policy components. The report also includes recommendations for policy opportunities that align nicely with the grant strategies.
Classroom Celebrations CSPAP Food Marketing in Schools Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) Joint/Shared Use Physical activity before and after school Physical activity during school Physical Education Safe Routes to School School Nutrition School Wellness Policy Staff Involvement Vending Wellness Committees
This journal article was published by CDC in Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy. The article is a report on an intervention in New York City hospitals to improve nutrition in all venues where food is served. The article can be accessed at the following link or on the CDC’s website.