Making The Case For Stakeholders
Scientific evidence can help collaborations or coalitions make the case about the need for and efficacy of strategies to reduce the prevalence of chronic disease in their communities, especially for those strategies whose health outcomes are not often immediate.
Our Healthier Communities Initiatives are built on the concept that local communities can work together to give all community members healthy choices and support the pursuit of healthy lifestyles. More than 160 Ys are working in collaboration with community leaders to make changes in policies and the physical surroundings in those communities so that healthy living is within reach for individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
Simple changes in vending machines can impact food choices. Increasing the number of healthy items can increase the sales of healthier foods. Signage promoting healthier choices can have positive effects on those food sales.
Simple changes in vending machines can impact food choices. Studies have found that increasing healthy items in vending machines increased the sales of healthier food (e.g., low-fat snacks) in both adolescent and adult populations. Signage promoting healthier choices had small but significant positive effects on those food sales. Also, reduced prices for healthy items increased sales of these items. The increases in percentage of healthier snack sales were observed without a decrease in vending profit.
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