Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 131335
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File Number: 131335 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-771-13 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: HEALTHY VENDING MACHINE POLICY Introduced: 6/25/2013
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 9/17/2013
Agenda Date: 9/17/2013 Agenda Item Number: 11A20
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING A HEALTHY OPTIONS VENDING POLICY FOR ALL VENDING MACHINES ON COUNTY PROPERTY AND DIRECTING THE COUNTY MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO REQUIRE COUNTY VENDORS SERVICING VENDING MACHINES TO COMPLY WITH THE COUNTY’S HEALTHY OPTIONS VENDING POLICY
Indexes: NONE
Sponsors: Audrey M. Edmonson, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 9/17/2013 11A20 Adopted P

Board of County Commissioners 9/4/2013 11A9 Deferred P

Health & Social Services Committee 7/8/2013 2C Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Terrence Smith read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Commissioner Bell noted, although the item provides that 20 percent of the contents of each vending machine should comply with the Healthy Options Vending Policy, she believed that the market should determine what is sold in the vending machines, not the County. Chairwoman Edmonson pointed out that the item was intended to give consumers the option of purchasing healthy snacks, noting the vending machines should not only carry unhealthy food. Commissioner Bell reiterated that she believed the contents of the vending machines should be market driven. Commissioner Diaz said that he would support this item because everyone was trying to eat healthily. Hearing no further questions or comments, the Committee members proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed resolution, as presented.

County Attorney 6/25/2013 Referred Health & Social Services Committee 7/8/2013

County Attorney 6/25/2013 Assigned Miguel A. Gonzalez 7/1/2013

Legislative Text



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RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING A HEALTHY OPTIONS VENDING POLICY FOR ALL VENDING MACHINES ON COUNTY PROPERTY AND DIRECTING THE COUNTY MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO REQUIRE COUNTY VENDORS SERVICING VENDING MACHINES TO COMPLY WITH THE COUNTY’S HEALTHY OPTIONS VENDING POLICY

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WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and the Miami-Dade County Health Department have noted that “[t]he obesity rate and the number of overweight adults in Miami-Dade County is 67.4%” and, in the younger population, nearly 13% of high school students are considered obese; and
WHEREAS, obesity and excessive weight have been linked to adverse health consequences including coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, hypertension, dyslipidemia, stroke, liver and gallbladder disease, sleep apnea and respiratory problems, and gynecological problems; and
WHEREAS, obesity and excessive weight also have adverse economic consequences, including increased medical costs; lost or diminished income from decreased productivity, restricted activity, and absenteeism; and entirely forgone income through premature death; and
WHEREAS, the CDC has further determined that “[p]oor diet and physical inactivity contribute to the obesity problem” in Miami-Dade County with “[o]nly 22.1% of adults in [Miami-Dade County] meet[ing] the Federal government’s guidelines for fruit and vegetable consumption”; and
WHEREAS, even though vending machines are a convenient source for County employees and visitors to County facilities to obtain snacks during the workday or during their visits to County facilities, many vending machines are filled with low-nutrient, high-calorie foods and beverages; and
WHEREAS, the County desires to create a more positive health environment for its employees and visitors by providing healthier options in vending machines, thereby affording an opportunity for County employees and visitors to choose more nutritious and healthful snacks and beverages; and
WHEREAS, the County is soliciting a vendor to service all of the County’s vending machines, and this Board desires that any contract with the selected vendor include terms and conditions requiring that vendor to offer snacks and beverages in a manner consistent with the Healthy Options Vending Policy; and
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County’s Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department has a healthy vending machine policy (the “PROS Policy”) that establishes guidelines for the beverages, snacks, and foods permitted in vending machines, and this Board desires to implement the PROS Policy on a countywide basis (the “Healthy Options Vending Policy”); and
WHEREAS, to encourage County employees and visitors to make healthy snack and beverage choices, the healthy options provided pursuant to this policy shall be priced competitively with options not meeting the standards established under the Healthy Options Vending Policy;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board,
Section 1. Adopts the PROS Policy as the countywide Healthy Options Vending Policy, except that the Healthy Options Vending Policy, as applied in County facilities not under the jurisdiction of the Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, shall not require a greater amount of compliant products than set forth in Section 3; and
Section 2. Directs the County Mayor or Mayor’s Designee to include terms and conditions requiring compliance with the Healthy Options Vending Policy in any contract for vending machine services or corporate sponsorship, unless the inclusion of any such terms would infringe on an existing contractual relationship; and
Section 3. Directs the County Mayor or Mayor’s Designee to ensure compliance with the Healthy Options Vending Policy by (1) ensuring that at least twenty percent of the contents of each County vending machine consist of products compliant with the Healthy Options Vending Policy and (2) ensuring that products offered under the Healthy Options Vending Policy are competitively priced with non-compliant options.



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