DPHSS Moves to Implement Healthy Vending Machine Policy

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Guam – The Department of Public Health and Social Services [DPHSS] has decided to implement a healthy vending machine policy.

Public Health has decided to require that all vending machines at its offices provide 100% healthy drink options (water and/or 100% fruit juices). Carbonated sodas will not be available. Snacks in vending machines will be in compliance with the Nutrition Standards for Snacks.

DPHSS Director Tom Gillan says that DPHSS “will serve as a role model for our government by implementing this policy effective August 31.”

The directive goes beyond the healthy vending machine bill introduced last week by Senators Rodriguez and Tom Ada.

 

READ the DPHSS release in FULL below:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2011; 9:00 am
DPHSS Release No. 2011-64

Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) to Serve as a Role Model for Government by Implementing Healthy Food Policy

As you may know there is a major policy effort to require that all vending machines in government properties to provide only healthy choices.  The Department of Public Health and Social Services recognizes the impact that the increasing rates of obesity and overweight are having on chronic diseases, quality of life, and health care costs. Consumption of just 100 extra calories a day from foods such as soda and snacks can cause a ten pound weight gain each year.  Individual weight loss of as little as five to ten pounds can delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, hypertension, etc. and can reduce chronic disease-related health care costs.

As the lead public health agency, “I have determined that our Department will serve as a role model for our government by implementing this policy effective August 31, 2011.” said Director Gillan.  All beverage vending machines will provide 100% healthy drink options (water and/or 100% fruit juices).  Carbonated sodas will not be available.  Snacks in vending machines will be in compliance with the Nutrition Standards for Snacks prescribed by the Healthy Vending Machine Rules and Regulations:

• Not more than thirty-five (35%) percent of the calories shall be from fat with the exception of nuts and seeds; snack mixes and other foods of which nuts are a part must meet the thirty five (35%) requirement.
• Not more than ten (10%) percent of the calories shall be from saturated fat.
• Shall not contain trans fats that are added during processing (hydrogenated oils and partially hydrogenated oils).
• Not more than thirty-five (35%) percent of the total weight shall be from sugar and caloric sweeteners with the exception of fruits and vegetables that have not been processed with added sweeteners or fats.
• At least one (1) item meeting the snack criteria in each vending machine shall also meet the FDA definition of “Low Sodium” (< 140mg per serving) Further, the policy recommends that options within the vending machine contain items that include at least two (2) grams of dietary fiber

Additionally, the food canteens on all DPHSS premises will also be asked to voluntarily comply with the drink and snack policy immediately, and will be required to comply with the policy by September 30, 2011.

For more information, please contact Ms. Bertha Taijeron, Program Coordinator at 735-7125.