Healthy Vending and Concessions

Vending machines are convenient when we need a quick snack or a cold drink. But choosing a healthy snack can be difficult when vending machines are stocked only with chips, candy bars, and soda. The lack of healthy choices often forces us to choose between a high-fat, high-sodium, high-sugar snack and no snack at all.

“Healthy vending” refers to policies that increase the number of healthy choices in vending locations, which may include vending machines, concession stands, and other places where packaged or prepared food is sold. Healthy vending policies may also require that healthy choices be no more expensive than unhealthy choices, that healthy choices be located at eye-level or clearly labeled, or that unhealthy choices be removed altogether.


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Randolph-Sheppard Acts: A 50-State Review

The Randolph-Sheppard Act and its state law counterparts make vendors who are legally blind powerful agents with respect to vending and other concession services on a wide variety of government property. The Public Health Law Center conducted a 50-state review of mini-Randolph-Sheppard Acts in March 2014.

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Minnesota Healthy Beverages in Healthcare

The Public Health Law Center, in partnership with Health Care Without Harm and the Minnesota Cancer Alliance, has created a series of resources designed to inform and support efforts to promote healthy beverage choices and reduce consumption of unhealthy products within workplace settings in Minnesota, with a special focus on supporting healthcare organizations to reduce and eliminate sugary drinks, and promote healthy offerings, within their campuses.

Older resources can be found in our Healthy Vending resource archive.