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A set of survey instruments used to measure the influence of environments on food choice was developed by Emory University - Nutrition Environment Measures Survey (NEMS). NEMS tools can be used to measure the availability of food choices in the grocery store, convenience store or restaurant. The tools are valuable to help communities focus on improving diet through improved accessibility and availability. For more information about NEMS visit http://www.med.upenn.edu/nems/.

In 2009, a survey instrument was created for evaluating the availability of food choices in vending machines through funding from the Iowa-South Dakota Wellmark Foundation. This tool is referred to as NEMS-V.

A completed NEMS-V assessment will:

  • Provide a visual depiction of each vending machine showing
    green-, yellow-, or red-coded foods and beverages based on Health and Sustainability Guidelines (HHS) for Federal Concessions and Vending Operation (2012).
  • Provide an award certificate for each machine and the location as a whole (Bronze award if at least 30% of the food or 55% of beverage choices are yellow or green; Silver award if at least 40% of the food or 65% of beverage choices are yellow or green; Gold award if at least 50% of the food or 75% of beverage choices are yellow or green and without unhealthy advertising)

    sample certificate
  • Generate a report card for each machine and location as a whole (indicates how many food and beverage items need to be changed to green or yellow choices to earn a Bronze, Silver or Gold award; provides a checklist of action steps for making healthier choices available in vending machines) – sample certificate

 

Step 1 - What you need to take with you when you complete the
NEMS-V assessment:

Resources to take:

Forms to take:

Vending Location cover pageone for each location site you are assessing

Individual vending machine graphicone for each machine you will be assessing at the site

Individual vending machine cover page – one for each machine you will be assessing at the site

Food and Beverage Recording Sheet – record up to 20 items on each page. (Take extra sheets along because vending machine capacity varies.) sample sheet


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Step 2 - What you will do at the vending location site:

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  1. Follow instructions on Directions sheet

  2. Complete color coding for those items that clearly fall into the green, yellow, or red categories

  3. Mark any food/beverage items with a “?” that do NOT clearly fall into green, yellow or red categories and are not listed on the Food References sheet

  4. If you have a laptop or smartphone capabilities, complete an internet search for the product nutrition label and enter the nutrition information into the Healthy Choices Calculator on the NEMS-V website. Complete color coding on the questionable food/beverage items.

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Step 3 - What you will do after vending location site visit:

  1. Using the internet, complete a search for the product nutrition label for any food/beverage items with a “?” that do NOT clearly fall into green, yellow or red categories. Enter the nutrition information into the Healthy choices calculator on the NEMS-V website. Complete color coding on the questionable food/beverage items.

  2. Go to www.nems-v.com and click on worksite vending report card button on the left hand side of the home page.

 

    1. Enter the site location information from the Vending Location cover page.
    2. Enter the individual machine information from each Individual vending machine cover page.

    3. View and print your site report card.

    4. View and print individual machine and site location awards (if applicable).

 

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