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Post Date:08/22/2018 9:32 AM

If you visit City Hall, the library or one of the recreation centers in the City of Chula Vista and want a healthy snack from a vending machine, you’re in luck! To increase healthy options for residents and visitors and encourage overall wellness in the city, the Healthy Chula Vista Initiative is implementing healthy changes to vending machines located in City facilities.

Over the next several weeks, the contents of all vending machines in City facilities will be changed to increase access to healthy foods and beverages and reduce or eliminate the availability of calorie dense, nutrient poor foods and added sugar beverages.  Instead, snack machines will now feature baked chips, trail mixes, granola bars and other options, while beverage machines will contain diet sodas, new tea and 100% fruit juice options.

According to Healthy Chula Vista Coordinator Stacey Kurz, “We are choosing to be responsible by providing our residents, visitors and employees with the best options for nutritious snacks and drinks when working out at one of our recreational facilities, reading a book at the library or doing business at City Hall.” Studies have shown that increasing healthy options in vending machines improves dietary behaviors. Poor diet is one of three behaviors contributing to early deaths due to obesity and other preventable chronic diseases. 

Other recent health improvements in Chula Vista include expanded smoking prohibitions at City facilities, an updated community garden policy, and an added urban agriculture incentive zone to allow more flexibility in the City for community gardens and other urban farming.

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