Waterloo City Council considers mandating 'healthy' vending choices

2013-04-07T07:15:00Z 2013-09-17T17:21:59Z Waterloo City Council considers mandating 'healthy' vending choicesBy JON ERICSON, jonathan.ericson@wcfcourier.com Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

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.

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  1. Dave88
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    Dave88 - April 07, 2013 4:29 pm
    I can support an effort to offer a healthy alternative, but do not change what is currently available for those of us that want to decide for ourselves. It is not the Councils job to take away my ability to buy a candy bar or root beer. How ate business's supposed to handle this ? Get new vending machines? Or replace what we currently like?
  2. numbers dont lie
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    numbers dont lie - April 07, 2013 10:46 am
    good job city council,,taking away more freedom of choice, if the market place(capitalism) saw that there was a need for healthy food in vending machines at events dont you think they would have already done it? look at the govts encroachment on school lunches with friut veggies etc. all thrown into the garbage becouse kids wont eat them .govt once again creating laws that makes local council jump through hoops to qualify(blue zone initiative) control control,, unough already
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