Vanderbilt medical center stressing healthy snacks

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Vanderbilt University Medical Center is putting healthier options in snack machines.

Kathy Gregory, who directs medical center retail operations and patient transportation, said the candy bars, chips and sodas will be reduced slowly, over a period of two years.

Gregory said the idea is to have healthier snacks available when visitors to the medical center or staff members go to the machines.

The retail operation is working with Five Star Vending, the machine vendor, and Coca-Cola, which supplies the drink machines. More vitamin water and zero-calorie beverages will be available.

The plan is to increase healthy vending options to 35 percent by the end of fiscal year 2013 and to 50 percent by the end of fiscal year 2014.

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