We’re glad that you’re interested in having more healthy foods for your vending machines, next meeting, or other catered event!



Questions to ask yourself...

"What food or beverage choices will show that our company cares about health?"

"What's going to taste good and also be affordable?"

Keep in mind that you can also choose not to offer foods. It is important to consider whether it is necessary to provide food at meetings, presentations, and seminars, especially mid-morning or mid-afternoon. Consider offering only beverages. If it is decided that foods will be offered, choose healthy options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, snacks, beverages or fruits and vegetables.

Here are a variety of resources to assist you in making healthy selections when choosing what foods to order for your next event or to place in your vending machines. There are also many sources of excellent information about nutrition, health, and well-being.


Worksite Nutrition Resources

Guidelines for Offering Healthy Foods at Meetings, Seminars and Catered Events by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

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Worksite Wellness Resources

  1. Hennepin County's Health@Work website containing resources to help employers promote healthy worksites and employees. 
  2. Ramsey County's worksite wellness website, with a large number of resources to help you create a comprehensive worksite wellness program.
  3. Minnesota Department of Health Work Well Healthy Minnesota Toolkit.
  4. Prevention Minnesota’s worksite wellness toolkit for creating a solid foundation, tobacco use reduction, and increasing physical activity and healthy eating in the workplace.
  5. Workplace Solutions. Tools and resources to initiate or enhance employee health and nutrition programs from the American Cancer Society.
  6. The California Worksite Program Fit Business Kit provides resources to improve access to healthy foods and physical activity at workplaces and more!
  7. Incorporating fitness into the workday from PBS Walk America Series.

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Vending Resources

  1. Healthy Vending Guidelines from the Fit City/Fit Schools Campaign, San Antonio, Texas.
  2. Article about Vista High School, Oceanside, California's change to a healthy vending program. Includes process information and outcomes.
  3. Bay Area/San Diego and Imperial Regional Nutrition Network Vending Machine Toolkit to help you assess, strategize and implement a healthier vending program in your organization and community.
  4. Fit Pick - a nationwide health oriented vending program developed by Steps to a Healthier Clark County and the National Automatic Merchandising Association.

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General Nutrition Resources

  1. Portion Distortion - Test your food IQ!  See how portions have increased drastically over the past 20 years.  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health.
  2. USDA My Pyramid - Develop a personal plan for healthy eating.
  3. National Cancer Institute 5 A Day - Protect your health by eating more fruits and vegetables.
  4. Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations from the American Heart Association.
  5. Recipes for heart healthy foods from the American Heart Association.
  6. American Cancer Society's Eat Right and Get Active Challenge.

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