The council voted to increase the number of healthy alternatives sold in vending machines on city property. When the next contracts with vendors are finalized, 50 percent of the vending machine contents will have to meet the nutritional requirements of food sold in schools.
Councilman Kevin McCarty had hoped all of the snacks would be low-fat and the drinks would be all-natural.
MCCARTY: "The Sims Center, the Clooney Center, the Pannell Center, the Oak Park Community Center, the Hagginwood Center. Those are places frequented by adults, but a lot of kids. I think the approach we want to look is what did schools do?"
Pepsi, Coca Cola, and Doctor Pepper representatives all asked the council to avoid requiring that only healthy drinks and snacks be sold.
The council also ordered staff to look at making the machines more energy efficient and more accessible for bank card use.
The council may revisit the idea of providing only healthy snacks to help fight the obesity epidemic in a year to a year-and-a-half.