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NASHVILLE, TN -- The state of Tennessee has issued an executive order mandating that 25% of the products in all state-owned vending locations meet the National Automatic Merchandising Association's Fit Pick nutrition standards.
NAMA executive vice-president and COO Dan Mathews praised Tennessee Automatic Merchandising Association lobbyist Martha Gentry for playing a significant role in encouraging the state to include the Fit Pick program in the new guidelines.
"We launched Fit Pick three years ago in order to help consumers understand where different products fit into a healthy diet, and it's exciting to see that our work is making a difference," said Mathews. "Since then, the program has continued to grow and now has users worldwide. We're extremely proud not only of the program but also of the contribution NAMA has made in the health and wellness arena."
NAMA's Fit Pick program is designed to educate consumers about products in vending machines that meet specific nutrition standards, and was unveiled nationally by the association in 2008. The program includes stickers that are placed in front of qualifying products, thin clings that explain the nutrition standard, coin slot stickers and round stickers to help educate consumers as well, and is part of the organization's Balanced for Life program which is designed to educate consumers about the elements of a balanced diet and the importance of physical activity.