NASHVILLE, TN -- Leaders from the Tennessee Automatic Merchandising Association participated in the Tennessee Obesity Task Force annual policy-setting meeting here on Aug. 18, and received support from the coalition on key legislative issues.
The taskforce, funded by the Tennessee Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, was established in 2007 as a statewide coalition of health, civic and government policymakers working to combat the problem of obesity in Tennessee.
During the meeting, TAMA representatives detailed the vending industry's efforts to promote healthier lifestyles and encouraged the taskforce to support legislation that provides real solutions to obesity issues while protecting the livelihoods of those who work in the state's vending businesses.
TAMA reported that the meeting yielded several positive outcomes, including the taskforce's agreement to consider supporting a reduction or elimination of taxes on certain foods and produce, including "healthy" vending items. The anti-obesity coalition also agreed not to support or file a draft of "soda-tax" legislation, and said it would consider TAMA's input regarding the state's procurement process to extend the reach of healthy vending to more entities and employers.