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Alexandria Childhood Obesity Action Network (A-COAN)

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Alexandria Childhood Obesity Action Network (A-COAN)

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  1. Alexandria Childhood Obesity Action Network (A-COAN) Healthy Snacks on the Go Marley Nelms, MPA, RD, Community Coordinator Tricia Rodgers, MA, MSW, Chair, Alexandria Childhood Obesity Action Network April 12, 2013

  2. Workshop Objectives During this session, participants will learn • A process for assessing vending machine offerings; • Providing healthier alternatives; and • Developing a healthy vending policy.

  3. A-COAN Partners & Collaborators The Honorable William D. Euille and Alexandria City Council ▫ Alexandria Health Department ▫ Department of Community & Human Services ▫ Alexandria Redevelopment Housing Authority ▫ Public Health Advisory Commission ▫ Congregational Health Partnership, Inova Health System ▫ Healthy Families, Inc ▫ Alexandria City Public Schools ▫ Wise Educational Services, LLC ▫ Alexandria Police Department ▫ Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services, Inc. ▫ Campagna Center ▫ Creative Play School ▫ George Washington University: Project ITAP ▫ Northern Virginia Community College ▫ Virginia Cooperative Extension ▫ Arlington/Alexandria Smart Beginnings ▫ Evening Star & The Neighborhood Restaurant Group ▫ Virginia Commerce Bank ▫ Reading Connection ▫ Northern Virginia Health Foundation ▫ Virginia Cooperative Extension & Master Gardeners▫ Alexandria Healthy Green Foods Group ▫ Alexandria Pedestrian & Bicycle Program ▫ MRC Leverage Group, LLC ▫ Long & Foster Real Estate ▫ Dept. of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities ▫ Department of Planning & Zoning ▫ Congregational Health Resource, LLC ▫ DeCostas, Inc ▫ Healthy Families Alexandria ▫ Northern Virginia Health Foundation ▫ Dept of Planning & Zoning ▫ WIC ▫ Happy Home Child Learning Center ▫ Creative Play School▫Hopkins House ▫ Alive! Center for Child Development ▫ Grace Episcopal Preschool ▫ Child & Family Network Centers ▫ Agudas Achim Preschool ▫ Trinity Mops Preschool ▫ Happy Home Child Learning Center ▫ Creative Play School▫Hopkins House Preschool Academy ▫ Alive! Center for Child Development ▫ Old Town ACE Hardware ▫ Grace Episcopal Preschool ▫ La Leche League ▫ March of Dimes ▫ Alexandria Community Members ▫

  4. Why are we focusing on obesity? Survey conducted in 2007 by Inova Health System

  5. Key Areas of Focus • Breastfeeding Support & Promotion • Preschool Health Network - Color Me Healthy and Active Play!  • Playgrounds & Project Play • Access to healthy foods – Farmers markets, community gardens, and broader food distribution issues AND

  6. Healthy Vending Policies

  7. Steps to Healthy Vending • Why Now? • Charting a Path

  8. Research • NEMS-V • Food Environment Audit • Employee Healthy Vending Machine (HVM) Survey • Market Research • Procurement

  9. NEMS-V Nutrition Environment Measurement Survey-Vending GREEN YELLOW Does not provide at least one serving of fruit, vegetable, and/or whole grains or non-fat/low fat dairy products and meets the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Must also meet all of the following criteria: • ≤ 200 calories per portion as packaged • No more than 35 percent of total calories from fat • < 10 percent of total calories from saturated fat • Zero trans fat (less than or equal to 0.5 grams per serving • ≤ 35 percent of calories from total sugars, except for yogurt with no more than 30 grams of total sugars, Per 8oz portion as packaged. • Sodium content of 400mg or less per portion as packaged Provides at least one serving of fruit, vegetable, and/or whole grains or non-fat/low-fat dairy products and meets the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Must also meet all of the following criteria: • ≤ 200 calories per portion as packaged • No more than 35 percent of total calories from fat • < 10 percent of total calories from saturated fat • Zero trans fat (less than or equal to 0.5 grams per serving • ≤ 35 percent of calories from total sugars, except for yogurt with no more than 30 grams of total sugars, per 8oz portion as packaged. • Sodium content of 400mg or less per portion as packaged RED Does not meet green or yellow criteria.

  10. Food Environment Audit • Purpose • Methods • Results

  11. Employee HVM Survey • Purpose • Development • Methods • Results

  12. Market Research • Vendors (traditional vs. Healthy) • Products & Machines • Cost Sharing

  13. Procurement • Government Purchasing • Finance/Purchasing Office • Current/Future Contracts • eVA

  14. Lessons Learned

  15. Next Steps

  16. Please contact us with questions… Marley Nelms, MPA, Community Coordinator, Alexandria Childhood Obesity Action Network marley.nelms@vdh.virginia.gov Tricia Rodgers, MA, MSW, Chair, Alexandria Childhood Obesity Action Network trodgers@novahealthfdn.org