Munch Code! What is it?

The Munch Code is a tool to help South Dakotan’s watch their weight and avoid the
harmful effects of heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

With so many food options available to people on the go, it's hard to always know
what a good choice is, especially when it comes to snacking between meals. 

The Munch Code was developed to make it easier to choose the right snacks.
Snack healthier, eat healthier!

The Munch Code is a color coded labeling program reminding us that snacks in the
GREEN category are the healthiest and we can "Eat a bunch!". YELLOW foods may
have added sugar, fat or calories and we should be careful to have "Just a little!".
Foods falling into the RED category are on the "Not so much!" list and should be
avoided. The colors are roughly based on standard traffic signal color codes where
green means to go, yellow to proceed with caution, and red means to stop.

We have identified two different types of “snacking environments” where the
Munch Code colors can be used to affect change in South Dakotan’s snacking
habits: 1. Concessions and 2.Vending Machines and Snack Bars.

HealthySD has developed a Concessions Munch Code and model policy which
outlines a number of resources to help make concession offerings healthier, and
includes strategies to encourage community support.

The Vending Munch Code (South Dakota Healthy Vending and Snack Bar
Implementation Guide) was developed as an extension to the Concessions Policy
in conjunction with federal policy developed by the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services (HHS) and the General Services Administration (GSA) entitled
“The Health and Sustainability Guidelines for Federal and Vending Operations,”
and the Nutritional Environment Measures Survey for Vending.

Our hope is, that over time, this simple color code will make it easier for anyone
who snacks between meals to make healthier choices that can ultimately impact
their health.