Healthy Eating Strategy #13: Increase and Promote Healthy Foods and Beverages in Vending Machines

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.




Healthy Eating Strategy #13: Increase and Promote Healthy Foods and Beverages in Vending Machines

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.




References

  1. French, S.A., Hannan, P.J., Harnack, L.J., Mitchell, N.R., Toomey, T.L., & Gerlach, A. (2010). Pricing and availability intervention in vending machines at four bus garages. American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 53(1Supp).
  2. French, S.A., Jeffery, R.W., Story, M., Breitlow, K.K., Baxter, J.S., Hannan, P., & Snyder, M.P. (2001). Pricing and promotion effects on low-fat vending snack purchases: The CHIPS Study. American Journal of Public Health, 91,112–117.
  3. French, S.A., Jeffery, R.W., Story, M., Hannan, P., & Snyder, M.P. (1997). A pricing strategy to promote low fat snack choices through vending machines. American Journal of Public Health, 87:849–851.
  4. LaFee, S. (2003). Healthy choices, healthy budgets: California schools find ways to bolster the lunch line bottom line. California Schools, 61(4), 16–20, 42–48.

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