Mayor's Office

Posted on: May 6, 2016

Springdale becomes the first city in AR to have an AHA-endorsed mandate for healthy food options

This affects all vending machines on City property.

The City of Springdale is now the first city in the state to have a mandate endorsed by the American Heart Association that requires all vending machines located in buildings and on property owned and/or operated by the City to have low-calorie and healthy options. Vending machines can still carry some of the traditional snack foods people have come to expect from a vending machine, but now those looking for healthy options will have a few choices as well.

"This directive will offer healthier options to City employees and residents on City property," said Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse. "We worked closely with the American Heart Association on these guideless in order to promote health and wellness in Springdale."

All food products must meet the following requirements:

1. Contain 0 grams of trans-fat
2. Contain no more than 230 mg of sodium

Additionally, 25% of the food products must meet the following requirements:

1. Contain no more than 200 calories
2. Less than 10% of its calories comes from saturated fat
3. Less than 35% of its total weight comes from sugar

Fifty-percent of beverages must meet one of the following requirements.

1. Contain 40 calories or less
2. Consist of 100% juice with no added caloric sweeteners
3. Consist of 100% vegetable juice that contains less than 230 mg of sodium
4. Be fat-free or low-fat milk

The total calorie content for each item sold should be displayed in a way a prospective purchaser can view the information before making a purchase.

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