The case against vending machines isn’t over yet.

The city of Chicago issued a new challenge to businesses and schools to help everyday people make better food choices by adding healthier options to vending machines.

The challenge, endorsed by Chicago’s mayor, the Public Health Commissioner and the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children, encourages workplaces, organizations and schools to replace the contents of their vending machines with healthier snacks and drinks.

Participants are divided into the following categories:

– Gold: 100% of food and beverage items meet healthy eating guidelines

– Silver: 75% of food and beverage items meet healthy eating guidelines

– Bronze: 50% of food and beverage items meet healthy eating guidelines

The challenge’s healthy eating guidelines:

– 200 calories or less

– No more than 10% of calories from saturated fat

– Zero grams of trans fat

– no more than 230 mg of sodium per serving

– lower in sugar

– baked, not fried options

An effort to equalize pricing between unhealthy and healthy options should also try to be made.

While healthy vending machine franchises are probably jumping for joy, conventional vending franchise models are caught between offering what their customers like and healthier options.

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