Last updated: November 2020
Author: Physical Activity and Nutrition Program, Vermont Department of Health
DUE TO COVID-19, THERE IS NO Q3 2020 UPDATE FOR THIS PERFORMANCE MEASURE.
During the 2016 Legislative session Act 113 was passed, mandating that state agencies and departments, as well as any food service operations on state property, provide healthy food choices as part of their offerings. This caused a large increase in the number of strategies completed to increase access to healthy food in state facilities, from 11 to 34. The Vermont Department of Health has set forth the food standards which are posted on the Health Department website that these organizations began following July 1, 2016. These choices include items that are low in fat, sugar and sodium, items that meet the needs of people with food allergies and when possible, healthy local items.
Now, two years later, we asked a group of Vermont Certified Public Manager students to study the implementation rates of the food standards across state government, determine any barriers to implementation and make recommendations for removing the barriers. They reported their findings and recommendations in May 2019 to the Health In All Policies Task Force for consideration.