POLICY DATABASE
Policy Summary

Establishes nutrition standards for food and beverages sold through vending machines on county property.

Background Information

State California
Jurisdiction Name Los Angeles County
Jurisdiction Type County,
Population Size 800,000+
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Limited scope
It is an administrative policy limited to county facilities.
Food System Category Distribute; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
Yes

Refers to childhood obesity (Purpose section).

Health-related goal?
Yes

Refers to: chronic disease, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, unhealthy dietary practices, encourage healthier diets, access to healthy food and beverages (Purpose section).

Environmental goal?
No

Economic goal?
Unclear

Refers to nutrition-related chronic diseases as "major drivers of the escalating health care costs." (Purpose section.)

Includes findings?
Yes

"Obesity rates are rising in the county among both children and adults. Obesity and poor nutrition are among the leading causes of chronic disease, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stoke, and cancer, and are major drivers of the escalating health care costs. The abundance of inexpensive low-nutrient, calorie-dense food and beverages in community and work environments are important contributors to unhealthy dietary practices." (Purpose section.)

Has a stated intent or purpose?
Yes

"The purpose of the County of Los Angeles Vending Machine Nutrition Policy is to encourage healthier diets by increasing access to healthy food and beverages and reducing access to unhealthy food and beverage options for County employees and the public at County facilities." (Purpose section.)

Includes definitions?
No

Addresses implementation?
Yes

"This policy as it exists now or may exist in the future will apply to all new vending machine agreements as well as any new amendments to existing vending contracts." "Policy" section.

Enforcement provisions?
No

Evaluation component?
Yes

"Periodically monitor the implementation and impact of the policy by collecting data to assess the nutritional content of foods and beverages and show consumption trends.[Department of Public Health] will report back to the Board of Supervisors annually." Sec. 3.115, "Policy" section.

Requires extra investment?
No

Code context and ordinance history

Part of Chapter 3, Administration and General Government; sec. 3.115 County of Los Angeles Vending Machine Nutrition Policy. History: (August 8, 2006, Board Order 25; February 17, 2009, Board Order 6; August 18, 2009, Board Order 2).