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'Healthy' Vending Machine Unveiled as Part of County Anti-Obesity Stance

Water and lower-calories snacks will be available at the county office building in Rockville.

What's exactly in a "healthy" vending machine? The usual assortment of snacks and drinks to quench savory and sweet cravings are still available. Only, in the "2BU" vending machine recently unveiled in the Montgomery County executive office building in Rockville, pop chips and mineral water replace Doritos and Pepsi. 

It's part of the county's plan to get residents to lighten up—literally. 

“Montgomery County is not immune from the obesity epidemic,” said County Executive Leggett. “The reasons are many but food choice is one way that we can begin to make a difference and reverse the trend. I am committed to helping build a healthier workforce and a healthier community.”

The machine will be available to county workers and visitors. It will display not only food, but also nutritional information and, according to a release from the county, "the duration of physical activity needed to burn the calories consumed."

Council Member George Leventhal, who chairs the health and human services committee, said public workers have to lead by example. 

"If county government is to take seriously its goal of fostering a healthier workforce, it has to start with itself," he said. "These new vending machine food choices will result in healthier, happier and more productive employees."

A task force to reduce the number of obese and overweight people in Montgomery County called the Obesity Prevention Strategy is behind the project. Data from county government says that more than half of county adults may be overweight or obese. For children, the percentage is just over one-third. 

Learn more about the prevention strategy by heading to www.healthymontgomery.org and clicking the "obesity" link. 

Richard Rice October 19, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Bill, Excellent point; however how often do our elected officials really listen to what we have to say???
Bill Hussein O'Stalin October 19, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I'm glad they don't. If they did, many in the public would drop dead from the shock.
Pedsfs October 20, 2012 at 02:23 PM
One vending machine in the County Executive Building was worth a press conference? Imagine what they could say if they took the machines selling Pepsi and Doritos out of the public schools....but then they'd lose the money they make from selling obesity to our kids.
Patricia J. Kelly October 20, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I'm all for trying to eat healthy, I need to loose weight, but the Govt. control is getting out of hand we are banning sodas, fast food joints, cheetos, and many other food items. It's rather odd that lately all the "healthy" food has been in the news such as Peanut Butter and peanut products, bagged salads, cantelope,etc. Have they told us how much toilet paper we can use yet or is that in the works?
Rick October 21, 2012 at 03:53 AM
agreed

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