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.