What will this executive order do?
This executive order (2018-001) will expand healthy drinks and snacks offered in county vending machines. The bill ensures that at all items in machines will meet American Heart Association-recommended nutrition standards for sugar, salt, fat and other measures, and that every drink machine offer bottled water.
Why is this executive order necessary?
- Sugary drinks and unhealthy food contribute to chronic diseases that significantly affect the lives of residents in Baltimore County and lead to large health care costs.
- Thirty-six percent of women and 33.7 percent of men living in Baltimore County are unable to maintain a healthy weight.
- Nearly 2 percent of all deaths in Baltimore County are due to heart disease.