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March 4, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Seattle City Council to require carrot sticks, tuna alongside chips in vending machines

The Seattle City Council voted today to require healthier vending machines on city property. The proposal by Councilmember Richard Conlin also has the support of the Mayor Mike McGinn. Under the new rules, at least half of the food in city vending machines will have to be healthy.

Public Health-Seattle and King County gets to define what’s healthy enough to qualify. Their guidelines  list carrot sticks, low-fat yogurt, string cheese and packets of tuna as examples of what people will find in a half-healthy vending machine.

“We are working to do our part to support healthier choices for those who want them,” said Mayor Mike McGinn, in a statement.

Conlin said: “Healthy vending helps to make the healthy choice the easy choice. This is one way that we can support healthy and productive city employees.”

Healthy choices have been offered in the city’s park vending machines since 2010.

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