(DES MONES) The Dallas County Board of Health will be honored by the Iowa Department of Public Health Iowans Fit for Life program during the Iowa Governor’s Conference on Public Health this week.
The Dallas County Board of Health is receiving the Excellence in Nutrition award. The county is currently working to provide more healthy vending options to county employees, using the Nutrition Environment Measures Survey - Vending (NEMS-V) to assess vending machines located in county buildings. Using the NEMS-V criteria, it was determined of the six vending machines located within county buildings, none offered any snacks categorized as ‘healthy’ (yellow) or ‘healthiest’ (green). As a result, in December of 2011, the Dallas County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution requiring food and beverages sold in vending machines on Dallas County property offer a minimum of 30 percent healthier choices, as determined by NEMS-V.
For more information on NEMS-V, visit www.nems-v.com/.