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NEMS-V Literature Review
NEMS-V Social Marketing
Click the links below to read about the research strategies used to develop targeted messages for NEMS-V.
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NEMS-V Success Stories
One of the strategies in the Wellmark NEMS-V grant was to provide firsthand experience in using NEMS tools. Two‐day regional NEMS trainings were held in April 2010. Participants were eligible to apply for $500 mini‐grants. The purpose of the mini‐grants was to encourage immediate use of NEMS tools, including NEMS-V. Additional mini-grants were provided in 2011. In 2012 and 2013, mini-grants were offered to local public health agencies who had not received funds from Iowa Department of Public Health for health promotion strategies. Another set of mini-grants was offered in 2013 to use newly developed worksite marketing materials for blue-collar and white-collar worksites and to strive towards vending policy development.
NEMS-V Wellmark Final Report (2008 - 2010)
NEMS Mini-grant Descriptions (2008 - 2012)
Two sets of mini grants were offered in 2013:
1) 2013 Local public health agencies: NEMS-V grant recipients were to conduct an assessment(s) using Nutrition Environment Measures Survey - Vending (NEMS-V) tools to generate a report card for location(s) being assessed and form a committee or coalition to discuss opportunities resulting from this assessment or present the findings to a currently existing organization wellness committee or community coalition. mini grant application
2) Project coordinators attending The Healthy Iowa Worksites Conference held on March 27, 2012 at the Brown Deer Golf Club in Coralville, Iowa: NEMS-V grant recipients were to conduct an assessment(s) using Nutrition Environment Measures Survey - Vending (NEMS-V) tools to generate a report card for location(s) being assessed; make arrangements with the vendor to do product tastings; develop a plan to market healthy vending machine options; provide incentives to employees who purchase healthy options and/or determine pricing adjustments; submit minutes/results from meeting with worksite wellness committee/CEO identifying goals and action plans for improving and sustaining healthy food and beverage options; and report successes/challenges and progress towards policy development. mini grant application
NEMS-V State of Iowa Capitol Complex Project
Currently, a Memorandum of Understanding between Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Iowa Department for the Blind Business Enterprise Program (BEP) is in place to support healthy vending on the State of Iowa Capitol complex.
This agreement requires both the IDPH and the Department of the Blind to assist the BEP vendors in providing at least 25% of all packaged food choices and 50% of available beverage choices (other than 100% juice and unsweetened milk) that meet the updated NEMS-V criteria. Both departments provide assistance to BEP vendors to ensure compliance of these criteria. To assist vendors, the IDPH provides signage and helps them identify and mark healthy options with color-coded product markers and/or signage.
In 2013, an initiative to convert to healthy vending options and implement a healthy salad bar initiative took place. Wellness champions in each of the thirteen buildings on the State of Iowa Capitol Complex assisted vendors and provided incentives to employees who purchased randomly identified healthy snack items. The salad bar initiative used the same color-coding system to help consumers build a healthy salad. At that time, the state complex project involved four vendors with the goal of providing a minimum of 30% health choices in all food and beverage machines.
Afterschool snack initiative - a project of the Iowa Afterschool Alliance
Pella Aquatic Center Concession Stand Project - healthier concessions using NEMS-V criteria
Healthy Salad Bar initiative - as mentioned above in NEMS-V State of Iowa Capitol Complex Project
Sample NEMS-V Procurement
Other Success Stories
Click the links below to read other Vending Machine Success Stories.
Why Government Vending Programs Support Blind Operators?
The Vending Facility program authorized by the Randolph-Sheppard Act provides persons who are blind with remunerative employment and self-support through the operation of vending facilities on federal and other property. The program, enacted into law in 1936, was intended to enhance employment opportunities for trained, licensed blind persons to operate facilities. The law was subsequently amended in 1954 and again in 1974 to ultimately ensure individuals who are blind a priority in the operation of vending facilities, which included cafeterias, snack bars, and automatic vending machines, that are on federal property. The program priority has broadened in most states through state laws to include state, county, municipal, and private locations as well.
Vending Machine Survey Resources
Strategic Alliance for Healthy Food and Activity Environments, a coalition of nutrition and physical activity advocates in California, provides sample purchasing policies and nutrition standards to ensure cafeteria meals and vending machines include healthy and sustainable choices. http://www.preventioninstitute.org/SA/enact/workplace/nutrition_4a.php
Cater to Health, a Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area coalition, provides resources for practical ways to improve the vending food environment in your workplace. http://www.catertohealth.org/vending.html
Bay Area/San Diego and Imperial Regional Nutrition Network Vending Machine Toolkit helps you assess, strategize and implement a healthier vending program in your organization and community. http://www.banpac.org/healthy_vending_machine_toolkit.htm
Network for a Healthy California -- Worksite Program encourages employers to implement healthy food and beverage standards in their onsite vending machines. http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/cpns/Pages/WorksiteFitBusinessKit.aspx#3
Healthy Vending Guidelines from Fit City/Fit Schools Campaign, San Antonio, Texas. http://www.healthcollaborative.net/assets/pdf/vendingcriteria.pdf
Article about Vista High School, Oceanside, California's change to a healthy vending program. Includes process information and outcomes. http://www.nutritionexplorations.org/pdf/sfs/healthyvending.pdf
Fit Pick - a nationwide health oriented vending program, developed by Steps to a Healthier Clark County and the National Automatic Merchandising Association. www.fitpick.org