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Title:Develop Policies that Support Healthy Options in Vending Machines
Pub. date: March 2004
Edition: 1st
Includes: Online booklet
Audience: Nutrition Educators, Adults
Language: English
Description:This action packet is one of a series of six. It focuses on developing policies that support healthy options in vending machines. It provides the tools and resources needed to create partnerships that will help you achieve your goals. Packet resources include background information, real examples, action steps, presentation materials, resources, support materials, and the Vending Machine Policy Packet 2002.
Funding Source: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service, funds for Food Stamp Nutrition Education (FSNE)
Developer: Lori Kaley
Organization: University of Southern Maine
Phone: 207-626-5258
Length: 114 pages
Assessment instrument Used? yes
Use Restrictions: Permission needed to copy.
Reviewers Comments: This action packet reviews the steps to take to make a change in vending machine options. There are six steps, each of which are reviewed in detail. By breaking down the process into steps, this action packet helps make initiating a change seem more manageable.

Background information and real examples from Maine are included as powerful examples of how change can take place. An evaluation model will help to analyze program outcomes. Also included is a Power Point presentation that can be used to help identify people who are interested in developing policies that support healthy options in vending machines in communities and schools. Helpful resources and hints are also included, including sample questionnaires, press releases, and attendance sheets, and supporting information for both general work sites and schools. The Model School Vending Machine Policy can also be valuable as a great starting point to molding similar policies.

Adult and children and youth fact sheets are included, and all facts are referenced to a specific study. Some of these refer to statistics specific to Maine, which may need to be altered for use in other states. Some resources and references are also specific to Maine.

Action packets are all available online at the web site below. They can be downloaded as a complete packet or in sections.

For other action packets, see:

View/download files: 
Physical Activity and Nutrition (PAN) Action Packets :
Complete Action Packet (PDF 7.88MB):
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: Maine Nutrition Network
    Contact: Lori Kaley
    Mail: 45 Commerce Drive, Suite 11
Augusta, ME 04330
    Phone: 207-626-5258
    Avail. in Qty: No
    Bulkrate:Available free online

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