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Healthy Eating for a Healthy Weight
A healthy eating plan that helps you manage your weight includes a variety of foods you may not have considered. If “healthy eating” makes you think about the foods you can’t have, try refocusing on all the new foods you can eat.
View the healthy eating guide >


Rethink your drinkRethink Your Drink
When it comes to weight loss, there’s no lack of diets promising fast results. There are low-carb diets, high-carb diets, low-fat diets, grapefruit diets, cabbage soup diets, and blood type diets, to name a few. But no matter what diet you may try, to lose weight, you must take in fewer calories than your body uses. Most people try to reduce their calorie intake by focusing on food, but another way to cut calories may be to think about what you drink.

Read more from the CDC >

View the “Rethink Your Drink” PDF >


Reducing Access to Sugar Sweetened Beverages Among Youth

Youth should drink fewer sugar-sweetened beverages and more water and low-fat or fat-free milk, or limited amounts of 100% fruit juices. Families, schools, and other institutions need to provide healthy beverage choices.

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New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Pouring on the Pounds Campaign


For the first annual Food Day, October 24, New York City celebrates eating real and healthy food. The Health Department has also launched its latest education campaign describing how drinking just one 20 ounce soda a day translates to eating 50 pounds of sugar a year. Many of us consume too much sugar without realizing it. Sugar in sweetened drinks contains extra calories that can lead to obesity and diabetes.

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Alliance for a Healthier Rhode Island – Sugar Sweetened Beverage Policy


A listing of “Things You Should Know About Sugar Sweetened Beverages”

Read more from the Alliance for a Healthier Rhode Island >


Harvard School of Public Health


How Sweet Is ItSee How Much Sugar is in Soda, Juice, Sports Drinks, and Energy Drinks
The Nutrition Source has prepared a handy guide to the amount of sugar and calories in soda, juice, sports drinks, and other popular beverages, How Sweet Is It? The front of the guide graphically depicts the number of teaspoons of sugar found in various drinks. The back of the guide has a more comprehensive list of common beverages and their sugar and calorie content. The guide includes beverages that are sweetened with added sugars, as well as beverages that are naturally high in sugar, such as juice. It does not include “diet” drinks that are partly or entirely sweetened with artificial sweeteners or stevia (a natural calorie-free sweetener).

Read more from Harvard School of Public Health >

Download the “How Sweet Is It?” Guide >


Sodas and Other Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Linked to Increased Risk of Type 2 Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome – Harvard Press Release

Boston, MA — A new study has found that regular consumption of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with a clear and consistently greater risk of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. According to the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers, the study provides empirical evidence that intake of sugary beverages should be limited to reduce risk of these conditions.

Read the full Harvard School of Public Health Press Release >


Bay Area Nutrition and Physical Activity Collaborative – Sugar Savvy


View Sugar Savvy campaign material from BANPAC with tip sheets, curriculum and other campaign tools.

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ChangeLab Solutions


Making Change: A Guide to Healthier Vending for Municipalities
This easy to follow 20 page document highlights the steps to take to develop and implement a healthy vending policy in local government agencies.

Download the Model Healthy Vending Agreement >


Model Healthy Municipal Snack and Beverage Vending Agreement
This detailed 42 page document provides model contract language for those tasked with drafting and negotiating municipal vending contracts.

Download the Model Healthy Vending Agreement >


Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Playbook
ChangeLab Solutions developed the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Playbook to provide 10 strategies for communities and states to consider, organized in a sequence that we have seen many places follow.

Download the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Playbook >


California Department of Public Health’s Network for a Healthy California


Vending Machine Food & Beverage Standards
In order to increase employee access to healthy food and beverage options at work, the Network for a Healthy California—Worksite Program is encouraging employers to implement the following healthy food and beverage standards in their onsite vending machines.

Download the Vending Machine Standards Document >


Community Commons – Healthy Vending


According to a 2010 report by the Snack Food Association, about 74% of consumers are trying to eat healthier, with about 65% eating specific foods to lose weight. Sales of healthier snacks are outpacing traditional snack foods by 3 to 1, yet the majority of vending machines still contain mostly junk-food.

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The National Automated Merchandising Association


Fit Pick™ Healthy Vending Solution
NAMA’s Fit Pick program includes stickers that are placed in front of qualifying products, thin clings that explain the nutrition standard, coin slot stickers and round stickers to help educate consumers as well, and is part of the organization’s Balanced for Life program which is designed to educate consumers about the elements of a balanced diet and the importance of physical activity.

Learn More About Fit Pick™ >


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