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U.S. Military Following School Snacking Guidelines

At this year’s annual Association of the U.S. Army conference one of the key topics discussed was vending machines. Well…kind of anyway.
As the Defense Department finalizes their Healthy Base Initiative which seeks to improve nutritional choices, increase physical activity, reduce obesity and decrease tobacco use on U.S. military bases, military officials are looking to make healthier food options more readily available to service members and their families.
Because revising long standing contacts with popular military base fast food restaurants (i.e. Burger King and KFC) could take years, military officials are looking for quick short term fixes including:
• Labeling menus with calorie content at restaurants on base
• Changing vending machines to meet NAMA’s (the National Automatic Merchandising Association) Fit Pick and Fit Pick Select standards
Since 2005, FitPick has been NAMA’s signature initiative that identifies better for your products available form vending and micro market channels. Easy to use, the most recent FitPick standards are as follows:

fit pick tableFitPick Select, is a component of FitPick that is specifically designed to help vending operators in Dallas Fort Worth and throughout the country meet strict school guidelines and achieve and maintain successful operations in places of education. Here are the most recent FitPick Select standards:

fitpick table 2In addition to the above nutrient standards, any food sold in schools must meet at least one of the following four criteria:
1. Be a “whole grain-rich” grain product;
2. Have as the first ingredient a fruit, a vegetable, a dairy product, or a protein food;
3. Be a combination food that contains at least ¼ cup fruit and / or vegetable;
4. Contain 10% of the Daily Value (DV) of a nutrient of one of the nutrients of public health concern in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (calcium, potassium, vitamin D, or dietary fiber).*
5. **On July 1, 2016, snack items must contain ≤200mg sodium per item

The Defense Department will be looking at all of the above criteria to see if these standards are strict enough or if an adaption to the FitPick and/or FitPick select programs will be necessary. In her presentation at the conference, Capt. Kimberly Elenberg, Director of U.S. Public Health Service’s Medical Readiness and Training Program, stated what schools and counties working on healthy programs already know, “what we have to balance is a business model that works as well as aligning that we our priorities as a service.”
If you are looking for a Dallas Fort Wort vendor for your school, county/city building, or military base call Vend Pro today at (972) 948-3431. As members of NAMA we are very familiar with the FitPick and FitPick Select standards and can help create a vending menu that is healthy, delicious and can still help drive revenue for your program.

Top 10 Employer Wellness Programs: How They Can Help You in Dallas Forth Worth

Every smart Dallas Fort Worth employer wants healthy employees. healthy woman drinking waterTo help DFW businesses keep employees healthy, corporate wellness programs have grown into a multi-billion dollar business. Vend Pro works with some of these wellness programs. Such programs offer nutrition education, preventive care, health screenings, gym membership incentives and more.
As a Dallas Forth Worth health partner, Vend Pro wants to share some highlights about 10 top corporate wellness programs in the country.
Snacknation, an online snack service provider, recently listed what it considers the nation’s top corporate wellness programs. By reviewing how these companies help employees follow healthy lifestyles, employers can gain a better sense of what a structured wellness plan will provide. DFW employers who want to have a healthy work environment will certainly want to know about the approaches these companies take. Here are summaries of the top 10 wellness programs. More information is available on their websites.
1) Marino Wellness (marinowellness.com)
Marino Wellness has three levels of corporate wellness programs for different sizes of companies. These three different plans will cover just about any size budget. Options include annual health risk assessments, monthly massage days, personal coaching, workshops and education initiatives.
2) EXOS|MediFit (mediafit.com)
EXOS|MediFit designs custom fitness centers that are eco-friendly. In addition to nutrition education and physical therapy, it offers a tactical program to help injured military personnel get back to duty, and a sports program to help athletes improve performance.
3) Wellness Corporate Solutions (wellnesscorporatesolutions.com)
Wellness Corporate Solutions provides health fairs and health risk assessments for employees. It also offers eight week-long wellness campaigns to challenge employees to strive harder in a work environment. Employers can download a form and get a closer at employee incentive ideas that can turn good health intentions into results.
4) Kinema Fitness (kinemafitness.com)
Kinema Fitness’ integrated platform – online secured software portal – allows employees to create and access their own account to view and sign-up for classes, communicate with other employees, and log fitness and nutrition tips. This online platform supports the wellness programs being implemented on-site at the client location.
5) Premise Health (premisehealth.com)
Premise Health is an on-site health care provider. It does more than just cover basic health needs; it also offers chiropractic and acupuncture services. The company focuses on improving patient, provider and client experiences. It invests in technologies that sustainably engage patients, improve the efficiency and satisfaction of providers, and allows employers to track outcomes.
6) TotalWellness Health (totalwellnesshealth.com)
TotalWellness’s goals are threefold: 1) Lower healthcare costs, 2) Prevent diseases, 3) Create corporate wellness solutions to foster a safer and more productive work environment. Services include program design and consultation, health risk assessment and reporting, corporate health fairs, health screenings, nurse counseling, on-site flu shot clinics, health education, and a wellness portal.
fresh food vending machines in Dallas Fort Worth7) WorkStride (workstride.com)
While it is not typically considered a corporate wellness company, WorkStride helps employers recognize and reward behaviors to improve employee wellness. The software platform powers recognition, incentives, and reward programs. The solution makes it easy to highlight good deeds, compensate great work, and share authentic stories that reinforce a good direction.
8) Fitbit (fitbit.com)
Many people know Fitbit as a tiny wristwatch-like device that helps people reach personal fitness goals. Fitbit also provides corporate wellness programs, helping people lead healthier, more active lives by empowering them with data, inspiration and guidance to reach their goals. The platform combines connected health and fitness devices with software and services to help people become healthier.
9) Provant Health (provanthealth.com)
Provant Health partners with businesses to improve employees’ health while supporting employers with their healthcare affordability agenda. Provant’s Life+ Program combines personalized “high touch” services with social networking tools that link rewards to healthy behaviors and outcomes.
10) Marathon Health (marathon-health.com)
Marathon Health offers onsite healthcare, primary care services, Man With Saladpreventative care, chronic condition coaching, occupational health care, ancillary services and more. Outreach efforts include healthy food drives to benefit local food shelters, educating middle and elementary school students about health and wellness, supporting Special Olympics, and providing free blood-pressure checks for seniors.
Vend Pro encourages Dallas Forth Worth employers to engage in corporate wellness programs. Vend Pro partners with DFW employers by only carrying those products that are part of what most consumers consider to be a healthy diet.
For more information about healthy snack and beverage options available to the vending industry, contact your Dallas Fort Worth vending partner, Vend Pro, at (972) 948-3431 to discuss your customized break room solution.