Health department gets healthier vending machines

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department has upgraded its vending machines with healthy options in an effort to provide better choices for employees, patients and visitors in need of a snack or beverage.

“We have several community classes that deal with better food choices, so we thought there’s no better way to send a message about healthy eating than to provide smarter options in our buildings,” said Kevin Hall, LFCHD communications officer. “Now, when we work with companies on ways to offer healthy snacks in their own vending machines, we can speak from firsthand experience.”

In making the change, the health department considered calories, fat, sugar and sodium content, as well as products that would still be affordable. The new, healthier options include more water, diet drinks, fruit drinks and low-calorie/fat snacks.

The vending choices were also selected based on national standards used by the General Services Administration (which handles all food in Federal buildings) and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and is also an extension of the Lexington Division of Parks & Recreation’s Better Bites program (the new line of fresh, healthy foods being offered at Parks and Recreation pools, the Lexington Legends Ballpark and other recreational facilities in Lexington).

The health department can work with companies to help provide advice on healthy food choices at the work place. For information, call (859) 288-2473.

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