Arlington stands behind its vision of a healthy and fit community by providing FitArlington Healthy Vending options to the community. Vending options in Arlington’s public facilities meet FitArlington Healthy Vending standards.
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FitArlington Healthy Vending
- Thanks to grant funding from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, Arlington County parks, facilities and schools all have been outfitted with healthy vending machines.
- Based off of the USDA Smart Snacks in Schools, the FitArlington nutrition standards ensure snacks have no more than 200 calories, 35% calories from fat, 10% of calories from saturated fat, 35% sugar and 200 mg sodium. They also have no trans fats and are made with whole grains.
- Beverages provided to areas accessible to children have no artificial sweeteners.
- Bottled water is available, as well as juices. Remember to recycle beverage containers.
- The initiative promotes water over 100% fruit juices, because juices can have a lot of calories and sugar.
- FitArlington is part of a national movement to use government purchasing dollars for healthy options. Check us out on the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) Healthy Food on Government Property map and see the example policy found here.
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- Only 31% of children in Arlington consume five or more servings of fruits/vegetables per day.
- 36% of the youth in Arlington eat one or more fast food snack or meal each day.
- In the 2011-12 school year, a startling 27.6% of incoming Arlington kindergartners were overweight or obese at the time of kindergarten entry.
- Roughly three out of five Americans carry an unhealthy amount of excess weight.
- Nearly 17% of US children between the ages of two and 19 are obese, triple the proportion in 1980.
- The percentage of overweight African American, Hispanic and Native American children is greater than 20%.
Check out these articles on the initiative and please share with your networks.
- Patch featured the initiative in an article about the federal standards September 2014
- Salud America! featured Arlington healthy vending as a success story September 2014
- INSIDENOVA Healthy options now standard in Arlington school vending machines.
- Arlington Magazine July/August issue
- Webinar: Creating Healthy Food Access in Municipal Workplaces One Bite at a Time January 9, 2014
- ARLnow March 14, 2013
- County Press Release July 12, 2013
- Healthy Vending, Healthy People. Bashir, Zarnaaz, June 2011, Parks & Recreation; Vol. 46 Issue 6, p41.
Feel free to use the posters below for your healthy vending campaign.