City of Seattle Passes Healthy Vending Ordinance
Monday, March 4th – Seattle, WA
We are pleased to announce that today the Seattle City Council unanimously approved an ordinance requiring all vending machines on city property to carry at least 50 percent “healthiest” or “healthier” foods, as defined by the King County Board of Health Healthy Vending Guidelines.
The Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition offered public comment in support of the ordinance last February in front of Councilmember Richard Conlin, who served as lead on the ordinance, and the other members of the Council’s Planning, Land Use & Government Operations Committee – which also passed the bill unanimously before sending it on to full Council.
This ordinance is a big step forward in our collective efforts to make healthier options more widely available. Vending machines are known for their convenience, but have overtime have become filled with sugary drinks and junk foods. By making healthier foods and beverages more widely available to employees and visitors to city properties, the City of Seattle is making the healthy choice easier, not to mention an actual option.
To read more about Mayor McGinn’s and Councilmember Conlin’s support for the ordinance, read Fox Q13’s coverage.