New Healthy Vending Machines Coming to APS!
The FitArlington Healthy Vending Initiative is providing all schools and buildings with new, healthy choices in all vending machines currently available at APS. The FitArlington Healthy Vending Initiative began in 2010 when the Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation sought to improve the nutrition of products offered in parks and community centers. Since then, the initiative has rolled out new vending machines with healthier snack choices at all county government buildings, parks, community centers, libraries and now at APS.
The vending machines, that are available only to adults, are based on separate nutrition standards than those that are available to children because the vending machines in high school cafeterias and community centers must be compliant with the USDA’s Smart Snacks in Schools options. The new snack vending machines in the teachers’ lounges will offer more choices that feature nutritious options, such as baked chips, popcorn, pretzels, crackers, granola bars, nuts, and more. The staff beverage machines will offer at least two slots with bottled water, diet sodas and teas, while continuing to provide options for juice and regular soda.
The installation of new vending machines will begin in the high schools later this month (see tentative timeline attached). Free food tastings will be provided so staff and students can sample the healthy snacks from vending machines prior to paying for them. After you try them out, please complete a three-minute survey by Fri, Jan. 31 to give feedback on the old vending machines, help determine what is offered in the new machines and be entered to win free snacks! The survey is located online at http://goo.gl/bbfUPR.