No, the policy does not currently call for fresh produce. However, there will be tasty snacks such as nuts and dried fruit available to eat.
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For the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Smart Vending is a campaign to provide healthier snack and beverage choices in vending machines on M-NCPPC properties including the Department of Parks and Recreation.
Any packaged food and beverage item offered shall contain no more than:
Healthy Beverage choices shall meet the following specifications:
Yes. We are transitioning machines, and when completed, all Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) facilities will have machines with healthier snack and beverage options. There are, however, a few facilities that we do not own, buy may host our programs. While their vending machines may not adhere to the policy, we are hopeful that they will support our efforts.
Yes, it is a full Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission change in both Prince George's and Montgomery Counties.
According to our policy, food and beverage items that meet the Healthy Vending Standards must be similar in price or less expensive than products that did not meet the Healthy Vending Standards previously stocked in the machines.
M-NCPPC is currently reviewing the literature on the pros and cons of the use of artificial sweeteners. Once a decision is made about the use of artificial sweeteners, it will be reviewed periodically.
We welcome your suggestions of items for the new vending machines. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-446-6800 with your suggestion(s).
Yes! Park and recreation agencies, schools, hospitals, and many other organizations have begun to make these changes to support better outcomes. Please visit the National Parks and Recreation Association’s website for more information and success stories at www.nrpa.org/success-stories/Healthy-Vending.