Snacking at Vending & Snack Bars

The Vending and Snack Bar Munch Code has been specifically developed for adult
use in workplace environments, but of course can be used anywhere by anyone,
whenever the snacking environment is primarily vending machines and snack bars
(at airports for example, or other travel environments like hotel/motel rooms,
convenience stores at gas stations, bus depots, etc.)

The reason for the Munch Code is to encourage healthy eating habits and help
prevent health problems like diabetes, depression and heart disease. Poor
nutrition and obesity not only lowers our quality of life, it also reduces our
productivity and drives up healthcare costs. So it’s in everyone’s best interest,
both emotionally and financially, to be as healthy as possible.

The Vending and Snack Bar Munch Code is defined in detail in the South
Dakota Healthy Vending & Snack Bar Toolkit
.

In general, there are three main Vending and Snack Bar Munch Code
priorities:

  1. Clear guidelines for GREEN, YELLOW, and RED coded FOODS based on
    trans-fat, sodium, calories, calories from saturated fat, and sugar.
  2. Clear guidelines for GREEN, YELLOW, and RED coded DRINKS based on
    calories per serving, fat content, addition of caloric sweeteners, and
    sodium content.
  3. Make the calorie content of ALL items, both food and drinks, visible at the
    point of purchase.

Learn more about the basic guidelines for FOOD and DRINKS.

Food Codes

Green Food Standards
Foods must meet ONE of the core criteria:

Foods must ALSO meet ALL of the following:

Yellow Food Standards
Foods do NOT need to meet one of the core criteria,
but must meet ALL of the following:

Red Food Standards

* excluding nuts and seeds without added fats or oils
** excluding fruits or vegetables without aded caloric sweeteners

Drink Codes

Green Drink Standards

Yellow Drink Standards

Red Drink Standards

Healthy Vending Calculator

Download the Healthy Vending & Snack Bar Toolkit