City Council Supports Healthful Food Choices
If youve ever been faced with a child and a typical vending machine, you know the odds of a healthy snack outcome are slim. But in Long Beach, offering healthier choices might soon be easier.
On April 19, the Long Beach City Council supported a proposal for a healthful-food policy. Set to become an ordinance in 60-90 days, the policy, proposed by 9th District Councilman Neal, will require:
- That 100 percent of snacks and beverages sold in vending machines on city property and 100 percent of snacks and beverages served at city-sponsored meetings or events meet the nationally-recognized and accepted nutritional standards already used in California schools.
- The standards limit sugar, fat, sodium and calories in snack food; eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages, and limit artificially-sweetened beverages.
The proposed policy addresses concern about childhood obesity by offering more nutritious choices and eliminating some of the not-so-healthful ones. It also helps align the city with its schools by setting the same example of good nutrition.
Coca-Cola®, the contracted food and beverage vendor for Long Beach, offers food and beverage choices compliant with the new policy. It is set to supply those when the policy is in effect.
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