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St. Petersburg, FL, Announces Vending Machine Policy Conforming To AHA Guidelines

Posted On: 10/25/2016

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TAGS: healthy vending policy, St. Petersburg Florida vending policy, Mayor Rick Kriseman, American Heart Association, AHA guidelines for vending, Healthy St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, FL -- A new administrative policy signed by St. Petersburg, FL, Mayor Rick Kriseman requires food and beverage vending machines on city-owned property comply with the American Heart Association's guidelines for vending. All vended items must meet the guidelines by the end of 2017.

The vending standards are based on nutritional recommendations from the AHA and the federal government, and call for caloric labeling on all machines to help employees and residents make more informed decisions about their drinks and snacks.

The policy is part of the city's Healthy St. Pete initiative aimed at addressing the growing number of people with weight-related diseases in Pinellas County. The policy will impact the city's 3,460 employees, 250,000 residents and local tourism industry. St. Petersburg joins 10 other cities in the state that have implemented healthy vending policies.