Vending Machines in Australian Hospitals: Are They Meeting the Needs of the Consumer?

Jennifer Utter, Sally McCray

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Abstract

The current report explores how well vending machines are meeting the needs of health care organizations and their staff and visitors in Australia. Hospital vending machines often provide the only source of food through the night to staff and visitors and traditionally offer less-healthy options. Findings presented in this report suggest that vending machines are not meeting current statewide policies and guidelines for healthier food environments in health care. This is despite widespread support for healthier refreshments in hospitals by staff, visitors, and patients. Alternatives to traditional vending and opportunities for nutrition educators and researchers are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-186
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Volume53
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021
Externally publishedYes

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