Policy Summary

This resolution requires all vending machines, coolers, and other beverage retail equipment on county property to meet nutritional guidelines.

Background Information

State Kansas
Jurisdiction Name Thomas County
Jurisdiction Type County,
Population Size 5,000-50,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Prohibits/discourages something
Reach Limited scope
This is an administrative policy that applies to county property.
Food System Category Distribute; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Health-related goal?

See references to "optimal health [and] wellness" (Whereas clause ¶ 1) "Thomas County is committed to the health and well-being of our residents…" (§ 1). Resolution 2016-23 Whereas clause ¶ 1, § 1.

Environmental goal?

Economic goal?

Includes findings?

Thomas County strives to educate citizens on healthy lifestyles and currently the county is experiencing an obesity epidemic that puts people at risk for other diet-related health issues, as part of the County's education efforts they are establishing healthy beverage vending on county property. Whereas clauses of Resolution 2016-23.

Has a stated intent or purpose?

"Thomas County is committed to the health and well-being of our residents, employees and visitors. The strong relationship between diet and health and the increasing rates of obesity and resulting chronic diseases make supporting nutritious choices in the community part of our commitment to health." Resolution 2016-23 § 1.

Includes definitions?

Addresses implementation?

Departments with vending machines must ensure that all beverage items in the machines meet nutrition guidelines in the resolution and that all future vending machine contracts contain language requiring items to meet specific nutrition standards. Resolution 2016-23 § 2.

Enforcement provisions?

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Resolution No. 2016-23 (passed December 12, 2016).