Health center honored for healthy selections in vending machines
The Jefferson County Health Center was awarded a Silver Star of Distinction for the healthy food it offers in its vending machines.
The health center received a Silver Star of Distinction, a National Environment Measurement Award, for having at least 40 percent of food and/or beverages in the vending machines meet the recommended criteria for healthy food choices.
When a person purchases something from the vending machines, he will notice green, yellow or red stickers next to the selection. Green means “go for it;” yellow means “go slow, eat in moderation” and red means “not a healthy selection, eat only occasionally.”
The majority of the “green” items can be found in the Courtyard Café, which has fresh fruit and a salad bar for visitors and employees.
“I was going for the Gold Award, but logistically vending machines are limited in their selections and we offer many healthy options, including listing the nutritional information on our café menus,” said Tamara Harvatt, JCHC registered dietitian.