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Healthier vending machines in workplaces: both possible and effective.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20360795     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: To develop healthier vending guidelines and assess their effect on the nutrient content and sales of snack products sold through hospital vending machines, and on staff satisfaction. METHODS: Nutrition guidelines for healthier vending machine products were developed and implemented in 14 snack vending machines at two hospital sites in Auckland, New Zealand. The guidelines comprised threshold criteria for energy, saturated fat, sugar, and sodium content of vended foods. Sales data were collected prior to introduction of the guidelines (March-May 2007), and again post-introduction (March-May 2008). A food composition database was used to assess impact of the intervention on nutrient content of purchases. A staff survey was also conducted pre- and post-intervention to assess acceptability. RESULTS: Pre-intervention, 16% of staff used vending machines once a week or more, with little change post-intervention (15%). The guidelines resulted in a substantial reduction in the amount of energy (-24%), total fat (-32%), saturated fat (-41%), and total sugars (-30%) per 100 g product sold. Sales volumes were not affected, and the proportion of staff satisfied with vending machine products increased. CONCLUSIONS: Implementation of nutrition guidelines in hospital vending machines led to substantial improvements in nutrient content of vending products sold. Wider implementation of these guidelines is recommended.
Delvina Gorton; Julie Carter; Branko Cvjetan; Cliona Ni Mhurchu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-03-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  The New Zealand medical journal     Volume:  123     ISSN:  1175-8716     ISO Abbreviation:  N. Z. Med. J.     Publication Date:  2010 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-04-02     Completed Date:  2010-06-15     Revised Date:  2010-10-22    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401067     Medline TA:  N Z Med J     Country:  New Zealand    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  43-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
Clinical Trials Research Unit, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Health
Food / economics,  standards*
Food Dispensers, Automatic / standards*,  utilization
Food Preferences*
Food Supply / instrumentation*
Guidelines as Topic
Hospitals / supply & distribution*
Medical Staff, Hospital / psychology*
New Zealand
Nutrition Assessment
Nutritional Status
Retrospective Studies

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