Healthy Vending in Elk Grove, CA
CITY OF ELK GROVE SETTING FORTH A COMMITMENT TO OBESITY PREVENTION
City Council Meeting Sept 2011- The City Council of the City of Elk Grove hereby recognizes that obesity is a serious public health threat to the health and wellbeing of adults, children and families in Elk Grove. While individual lifestyle changes are necessary, individual efforts alone are insufficient to combat obesity’s increasing trend. Significant societal and environmental changes are needed to support individual efforts to make healthier choices.
• One in four youth between the ages of 9 and 16 in California is overweight and locally 23.3% of Elk Grove youths in grades 5, 7, and 9 are overweight (as reported by the California Center for Public Health Policy)
• More children are being diagnosed with diseases linked to being overweight and obese than previously seen, such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease
• The current generation of children are expected to have shorter lives than their parents due to the consequences of obesity
• The annual cost to California — in medical bills, workers compensation and lost productivity — for overweight, obese, and physically inactive residents exceeds $41 billion
• Supporting the health of residents and the local workforce may lead to decreases in chronic disease and health care costs and increase productivity.
To that end, the City of Elk Grove adopts this Healthy Eating Active Living resolution. Included in this resolution is the need for the City of Elk Grove to set nutrition standards for vending machines located in City operated locations.
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