BALTIMORE — An anti-obesity coalition is proposing a bill that would require healthier options in vending machines on state property.

WJZ-TV reports that Sugar Free Kids Maryland announced the Maryland Healthy Vending Choices Act on Thursday. The bill would require half of the snacks in vending machines on public property to meet certain standards regarding amounts of calories, sugar, salt and fat.

Nikki Highsmith Vernick, president of the health and wellness group Horizon Foundation, says the legislation would help combat the state’s “strikingly high” diabetes rates.

Opponents such as Ellen Valentino of the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Beverage Association say the bill is an overreach. She says some vending machines already display calorie counts, and that dictating what must be in machines could limit options.

A different version of this legislation failed last year.

So what do you think? Should these vending machines have mandatory options that are healthy? Take our poll!

Follow @CBSDC on Twitter

(© Copyright 2016 The Associated Press and CBS D.C. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS DC

D.C. Lottery Live
Follow and Like Us

Listen Live