Act Now for Healthier Choices

Feb 11, 2013 by

Act Now for Healthier Choices

Monday, February 11th

This week, there are two hearings for a bill and ordinance that would ensure that our government models healthy behavior by providing its employees, visitors and custodial populations with balanced food and beverage options – a no brainer!

HB 1321 (Jinkins) (Establishing Food and Beverage Provision and Service Policies) would require that when the state purchases or serves food there will be healthy options.

Currently, much of the food purchased and served by the state does not meet the Dietary Guidelines for America, or any healthy standards at all. Please join us in asking that our state government “walk its talk” and model contemporary healthy behavior by providing nutritious meals, snacks and beverages that meet federal guidelines.

On Thursday, February 14th at 10am, the bill will have its first hearing in front of the House Committee on Government Operations & Elections. Contact Committee members today by email, phone or letter, and tell them that you support HB 1321.

For more information and talking points on HB 1321, see our fact sheet.

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Seattle City Council Considers Healthier Vending (Ordinance 117710 Hearing) – On a local level, COPC is encouraging the adoption of healthy vending by Seattle city government, and will be offering public comment at a hearing this Wednesday, February 13th at 9:30am in front of the Seattle City Council’s Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability Committee.

The proposed ordinance would require the City of Seattle to stock “healthier” and “healthiest” food and beverage options in its vending machines, as defined by the King County Board of Health-endorsed healthy vending guidelines.

You can read more about the Ordinance here. Send your support by email, phone, or letter and tell Seattle City Council to make healthy vending a reality.

 

We need your support. Let’s make this a great week for a healthier Washington!

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