Baltimore County Mandates 'Healthy Vending' In Government Buildings

Posted On: 5/4/2018

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TOWSON, MD -- Baltimore County executive Kevin Kamenetz has signed an executive order mandating that 100% of all items offered in vending machines on government property meet "healthy" nutrition standards.

The executive order requires all products to meet the standards of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and American Heart Association, which control total calories per snack, sodium and sugar, with an emphasis on reducing calorie intake and increasing heart-healthy options.

Kamenetz emphasized the importance of creating a culture of good health within the county's workforce and among its residents. He was joined in making the announcement by Baltimore Department of Health and Human Services director Gregory Branch; executive director of Sugar Free Kids Maryland Shawn McIntosh; and American Heart Association Maryland government relations director Michaeline Fedder,

"The epidemic of obesity presents an increased risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and orthopedic problems and dramatically drives up healthcare costs," said Kamenetz. "We have made it a mission to improve the lives of our employees. In addition to healthier choices in our vending machines, county employees may take advantage of nutrition seminars, smoking cessation classes, and a wellness center where they can utilize treadmills with e-mail access."