Yellow – Criteria is the same as Green , but does not provide at least one serving of fruit, vegetable, and/or whole grains or non-fat/low-fat dairy products, but also does meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
foods. The Sherriff’s office is responsible for filling the machines. A resolution was passed in December, 2011, by the Board of supervisors stating that food and beverages sold in vending machines on Dallas County property will offer a minimum of 30% healthier choices as determined by the NEMS-V. guidelines.
Similar resolutions are currently being drafted for Linn and Scott Counties.
White Collar Employees were very likely to say they paid attention to nutrition labels with 19 of 24 (79%) in the respondent sample saying they looked at labels at least some of the time.
White collar respondents were more often “rationalizing” their snack indulgences, either because it was the “wiggle room” in their overall approach to eating or because they exercised regularly which allowed for their indulgences.
Many respondents seemed to give themselves permission to ignore everything they know about nutrition and just pick “junk”. Others visit the vending area with very low expectations for nutritious offerings, leaving empty-handed or generally avoiding the vending machines altogether.
Respondents said “sometimes you just NEED CHOCOLATE!” One of the most frequently selected snacks and most ardently defended was chocolate – Snickers and M&M’s were popular in this category.
Nearly 6 in 10 respondents thought message worked best to communicate the snack rating system clearly.
Respondents liked that it illustrated examples of foods, which made the color coding system very clear.
The main message was focused on encouraging people to choose better snacks at least some of the time.
Many noted they had never seen vending machines with healthy options stocked in them.
Preferred beverages include pure water, non- carbonated flavored and vitamin enhanced water (without artificial flavorings), 100% fruit and/or vegetable juice (without artificial sweeteners) and diet soda.