The American Heart Association wants to see more salads in Massachusetts vending machines
Imagine you’re at the RMV or the bank waiting in line.
This errand is literally eating into your lunch hour so, you’re starving. Darn. You didn’t think of packing a snack. Your stomach growls, making your hunger obvious to the rest of the queue.
Your eyes scan the room for a distraction. Ah-ha! A vending machine. Maybe you can grab a snack.
But you hesitate. Sugar is the last thing I need right now. Hold on a tick. Is that a… salad in a vending machine?
The American Heart Association of MA is spearheading a bill in the MA legislature called “An Act Relative to Expanding Access to Healthy Food Choices in Vending Machines on State Property.” The act aims to increase healthy food options in vending machines on state property, so you’re not limited to the typical vending machine junk food.
Why the AHA is leading the charge for healthy vending machines
Ultimately, the American Heart Association is on a mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. This boils down to two key efforts.
Reducing heart disease
Diet-related diseases like heart disease and obesity are the leading causes of disability and death in the USA. Foods high in sugar, trans fats, saturated fats, and salt offers little nutritional value and leads to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, and osteoporosis. In an effort to reduce access to junk food in the workplace, the AMA introduced guidelines for healthy food in workplace vending machines.
The AHA leads prevention efforts to help combat obesity, a major cause of employee unproductivity. In Massachusetts alone, 58% of adult residents are overweight or obese and $1.8 billion in health care costs are attributable to obesity. If Massachusetts can make healthy food available to their 126,700 employees and millions of visitors, their hope is that the Act will set the precedent for local business and organizations to follow suit.
What you can do to help the AHA
1. Advocate with the American Heart Association to learn more about the Act and how you can get involved.
2. Sign up to receive their tips to include wellness in the day-to-day of your employees.
4. Bring healthy food to your workplace with a LeanBox. We make heart-healthy grab and go meals available steps from your desk, 24×7. Our customers have salads, fruit, and more delivered and stocked in a fridge where employees pay 40% less than the typical retail cost of food. Have questions? Let’s jump on a quick 10-minute call.