D.C. municipal buildings to display calorie information on vending machines

City government to offer Calories Count Vending Program, launched in 2012 in Chicago, San Antonio

WASHINGTON — The mayor of the nation's capital announced Thursday plans to include calorie information on vending machines in municipal buildings.

Washington mayor Vincent Gray said the rollout of the Calories Count Vending Program would give workers and visitors the information they need to make wise lifestyle choices and would ultimately help reduce healthcare costs.

"This program is a great example of a public-private partnership that empowers consumers," Gray said.

The program, launched in municipal buildings in Chicago and San Antonio last year, receives support from the National Automatic Merchandising Association and will start appearing in Washington next month.

"America's leading beverage companies are committed to being part of meaningful solutions to the public health challenge of obesity, and working with Mayor Gray to bring the Calories Count Vending Program to city employees is an important part of addressing that challenge," American Beverage Association president and CEO Susan Neely said.

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