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Snack well

The goal of the Healthy Vending Machine Project is to increase access to healthy foods and beverages and reduce or eliminate the availability of calorie-dense, nutrient-poor foods in public services venues.

Jackson Hospital recently implemented the Healthy Vending Machine Project from the Alabama Department of Public Health and Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services. Now, all snacks in Jackson Hospital vending machines that meet the 10-10-5 rule are marked with a “Good Choice” logo to help buyers make a healthier choice.

For snacks to meet the 10-10-5 rule, both fat and carbohydrates are equal to or below 10 percent Daily Value  and they must contain 5 percent or higher of the Daily Value in at least one or more of fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron or calcium. Sodium should be under 360 mg.

With the Healthy Vending Machine Project, 50 percent of the snacks meet the 10-10-5 nutrition standard.

The goal of the Healthy Vending Machine Project is to increase access to healthy foods and beverages and reduce or eliminate the availability of calorie-dense, nutrient-poor foods in public services venues. For more information on better quality snacks, visit www.adph.org/nutrition and click on “Vending Machines.”
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