WASHINGTON, DC -- The District of Columbia will soon require that at least half of the foods and beverages sold through vending machines and elsewhere on DC property meet healthy nutrition standards.
The requirement is as part of the district's budget, which was passed by the DC Council after overriding Mayor Vincent C. Gray's veto. It sets nutrition standards for the food and drink sold in vending machines, retail establishments, and at meetings and events in district-owned and operated buildings and grounds.
The standards, modeled on existing federal guidelines, encourage the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-calorie beverages, water and other better-for-you choices. The budget also includes a provision requiring nutrition and physical activity standards for licensed childcare facilities in DC
Councilmembers Mary Cheh and Kenyan R. McDuffie were the main sponsors behind the healthy food on public property language included in the budget.
Since 2012, the Washington, DC, government has required 100% of foods and beverages available in public parks to be healthful choices.
PHOTO: Vending machines on Washington, DC, property, like this one in the John A. Wilson Building, which houses the mayor and city council, will be required to contain more healthful choices under the new law.