WATERLOO, Iowa --- It could soon get a little bit easier to find healthy snacks at Waterloo sporting events, parks and recreation centers.
The Waterloo City Council will vote Monday on resolutions to require more healthy choices in vending machines and at city-sponsored youth sporting events. Both measures further Waterloo's efforts to meet the guidelines established in the Blue Zones Initiative.
According to the resolution, the city will pass policies to offer a minimum of 30 percent "green or yellow" foods or beverages at youth sporting events and in vending machines located in city recreations centers and parks.
For vending machines, the "green or yellow" designations come from the Nutrition Environment Survey-Vending. "Green" options are healthy choices that include at least one serving of fruit, vegetable, and/or whole grains or non-fat/low-fat dairy products. The "yellow" category may not be those healthy options, but at least limit things such as fat, sugar and sodium.
The resolutions would require the vending changes to happen no later than Sept. 30.
The Waterloo City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.
In other business, the council will conduct a hearing on a proposal from Black Hawk Contracting and Development, owned by former Mayor John Rooff, to build up to six new single family homes at the site of the former Francis Grout School at Madison and Monroe streets. The council will look at a site plan and selling the land for $1.