Healthy Vending Resolution

Charles County

Passed - 09/12/2017

What will this resolution do?

This resolution will expand healthy drink and snack options offered in county vending machines. The draft policy proposed by the County Administrator will require that at least 50 percent of items in machines meet American Heart Association-recommended nutrition standards for sugar, salt, fat and other measures, and that every drink machine will offer bottled water.

Why is this bill necessary?

  • Expanding healthy options greatly improves chances of consumers making a healthy choice.
  • Chronic diseases are significantly affecting the lives of residents in Charles County and leading to large health care costs.
  • Only 27.9 percent of county residents are currently at a healthy weight. 228.5 of every 100,000 deaths in the county are due to heart disease.

Healthy Vending Act

Prince George's County

Passed

What will this bill do?

This bill will expand healthy drinks and snacks offered in county vending machines (CB-26). The bill received all nine votes from the full council. The bill ensures that at least 50 percent of items in machines will meet American Heart Association-recommended nutrition standards for sugar, salt, fat and other measures, and that every drink machine will offer bottled water.

Why is this bill necessary?

  • Chronic diseases are significantly affecting the lives of residents in Prince George’s County and leading to large health care costs.
  • More than 60 percent of deaths in the county are due to chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Healthy Vending Resolution

Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission

Passed

What did this bill do?

This bill has ensured that healthy options would also be available throughout the region’s parks and recreation centers. At least 50 percent of items in machines will meet American Heart Association recommended nutrition standards for sugar, salt, fat and other measures.  Every drink machine will offer bottled water. The M-NCPPC is a bi-county agency that oversees a regional system of more than 1,700 parks and recreation facilities within Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, serving approximately 2 million residents.

Why is this bill necessary?

  • Healthier options can help park visitors, children and adults alike, maintain the benefits of physical activity as they refuel and rehydrate.
  • Almost one in four children in Montgomery County and nearly half of youth in Prince George’s County struggle with maintaining a healthy weight, placing them at greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions.

Healthy Vending Act

Montgomery County

Passed

What did this bill do?

This has expanded healthy drinks and snacks offered in county vending machines. At least 50 percent of items in machines will meet American Heart Association recommended nutrition standards for sugar, salt, fat and other measures, and every drink machine will offer bottled water.

Why is this bill necessary?

  • Healthier options create more supportive food environments for government employees, visitors to public property, participants in government-sponsored programs and people in government institutional environments.
  • Almost one in four children in Montgomery County is not able to maintain a healthy weight. This rate outpaces the national average. More than half of all adults in the county are not keeping a healthy weight.
  • Between Fiscal Year 2006 and Fiscal Year 2017, County Government expenditures to provide health insurance to current and retired employees increased by 72 percent, from $83.3 million to $143.1 million.

Child Care Centers – Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Act

Statewide

Passed

What does this bill do?

Requires licensed childcare facilities in Maryland to serve healthier drinks, make water freely available, have a trained staff member on site who can support breastfeeding mothers, and reduce non-educational screen time (e.g., time watching television or playing computer games) for children in their care.