University In Louisiana Aids State's Attempt At Healthy Vending

Nov. 15, 2017

The staff of Tulane University are working alongside state officials to raise the bar of nutrition in vending machines throughout Louisiana. Two professors are working with the state Office of Public Health to create training materials for vendors. Most of the vendors are already part of a program that aims to make the blind a priority in being able to operate vending machines on state property. Professors and associates from Tulane have been working with state officials, health organizations, and the American Heart Association to offer an accessible understanding of nutrition standards and why it's important to offer more healthy options in vending machines. On June 30, the Governor of Louisiana Bel Edwards signed an executive order establishing healthy vending standards. This would require vending machines on state-owned property or leased property to meet certain nutrition standards beginning in July 2018.