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Make a Healthy Trip to the Vending Machine

February 8, 2011, Volume 57, No. 21

Mid-day hunger pangs are beginning to kick in, and the vending machine is calling your name. But you want to stick to your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier. You no longer need to just close your eyes, press a button and hope for the best. Help has arrived! Penn’s vending machines are now clearly labeled so you can easily find the healthiest options.

Healthier snack options are available in all vending machines across Penn’s campus. Just look for the green “Balanced Choices” logo when you’re making your selection. You’ll find these items on the right side of every vending machine, with the slogan “Go Right, Go Green.”

Ranging from pretzels and Welch’s Fruit Snacks to Baked Lays and Fat-Free Fig Newtons, all “Balanced Choices” items have under 250 calories and less than 350 mg of sodium, and pack less fat than standard snacks, so you can satisfy your cravings without feeling guilty.

You can also try Penn’s 2bU vending machines for more nutritious foods and drinks. They offer tasty, healthy treats that fall within one or more of the following categories: local, all-natural, organic, vegan, gluten-free and kosher. To be sure you’re making the right choice, you can preview each product’s nutritional value before you buy it. Look for 2bU machines in the McClelland Hall, Harnwell and Rodin College Houses as well as the 1920 Commons.

Contact Suzanne Smith at suzsmith@upenn.edu or (215) 898-5116 for information.

—Division of Human Resources

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