Healthy Vending Act

What will this bill do? This bill will expand healthy drinks and snacks offered in county vending machines (CB-26). The bill received all nine votes from the full council. The bill ensures that at least 50 percent of items in machines will meet American Heart Association-recommended nutrition standards for sugar, salt, fat and other measures, and that every drink machine will offer bottled water. Why is this bill necessary?
  • Chronic diseases are significantly affecting the lives of residents in Prince George‚Äôs County and leading to large health care costs.
  • More than 60 percent of deaths in the county are due to chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.