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Most adult Americans spend a substantial part of their time at work, so increasing the intake of healthy foods is a promising way to improve access to healthy foods. Employees say they want healthier vending and cafeteria choices.(1) Changing the variety, labeling and pricing of foods and providing protected time for lunch can make a difference.(2,3)
Healthy vending initiatives are successful when they provide a variety of tasty and popular healthy items, use motivational/promotional signage, label healthy items, and reduce the price of healthier options.(4,5) Clark County Community Choices 2010 is working to achieve a healthier mix of food and beverage selections in the area's vending machines. In Clark County, a team that includes vending industry, school, and worksite partners has piloted Fit Pick™, a healthy vending program that will be implemented throughout the county.
Washington State Department of Health (DOH) modified policy procedures to encourage meeting planners to “make the healthy choice the easy choice” at meetings and events. Meeting planners at DOH use Energize Your Meetings to plan nutritious meals and physical activity at each event. King County and Clark County also encourage the use of healthy meeting guidelines for meetings and events.