YMCA - YWCA Vending
In 2006, YMCA-YWCA
started a Healthier Choices Vending Program
with their vending company. They replaced their high fat and sugar options with healthier snack choices. In addition to providing the healthier choices, all vending choices were labeled as "Not Recommended", "Choose Least", "Choose Sometimes",
and "Choose Most". Most of the options that were found in the vending machines were the latter two. Such examples included milk, Dole fruit bowls, and yogurt cups. The facility eventually wants to eliminate all "Not Recommended" and "Choose Least" foods. When the YMCA - YMCA implemented this vending machine improvement, they saw an immediate $400 increase in sales. Besides just improving their own vending machines and the health of their consumers, they also inspired other recreation facilities to implement healthy vending machines.
BC Healthy Living Alliance. (2008). Getting Started Toolkit. Retrieved January 19 from http://www.stayactiveeathealthy.ca/files/HC_Toolkit_Web.pdf