Healthy Vending Initiative



Vending MachinesThe FitArlington Healthy Vending Initiative promotes healthy lifestyles and empowers citizens to make healthier choices by replacing unhealthy snacks and beverages in vending machines in Arlington County Community Centers and employee sites with higher-quality and more nutritious options. Learn more about the Healthy Vending machines or e-mail the Community Health Promotion Manager.

Better Crunch

Community Center Vending Machines

  • All community centers and parks in Arlington County now feature healthy vending machines through Canteen Vending.
  • Snacks will have no more than 200 calories, 35% calories from fat, 10% of calories from saturated fat, 35% sugar and 200 mg sodium. They also have no trans fats and are made with whole grains.
  • Beverages will have no artificial sweeteners.
  • We promote water over 100% fruit juices, because juices have a lot of calories and sugar.

Better Hydration

Obesity Statistics and Nutrition

  • In 2009, self-reported obesity prevalence in the United States was 26.7 percent. Roughly 3 out of 5 Americans carry an unhealthy amount of excess weight.
  • Nearly 17 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 19 are obese, triple the proportion in 1980. The percentage of overweight African American, Hispanic and Native American children is greater than 20%.
  • In the 2011-12 school year, a startling 27.6% of incoming kindergartners were overweight or obese at the time of kindergarten entry.
  • Only 31% of our Arlington children consume five or more servings of fruits/vegetables per day; 36% of our youth eat one or more fast food snack meals per day

Better Snacking

FitArlington Goals

  • Maximize existing opportunities to promote physical activity
  • Connect and promote existing opportunities and resources via a comprehensive calendar/database
  • Provide incentives and recognition for physical activity
  • Help to empower people to be eat healthy and be fit
  • Promote models for healthy eating and active living
  • Facilitate a community design for active living
  • Foster community policy that advances active living and access to nutritious foods.

If your business or organization would like to learn more about placing FitArlington Healthy Vending machines at your site, please e-mail the Community Health Promotion Manager.


Last Modified: April 14, 2014
2100 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington, VA 22201 Tel: 703-228-3000 TTY: 703-228-4611