Project Summary

Healthy eating is one of the essential ways to maintain good health. To support healthy eating in the workplace, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed the Health & Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operations as an innovative means of supporting sustainability and employee wellness in federal facilities.

Project Team

Team Members
Marjorie Coy, CDC
Joel Kimmons, CDC
Holly McPeak, HHS
Kris Gillham, HHS
Aimee Whiteman, GSA
Kathleen Koehler, HHS
Crystal Rivers, FDA

 


Project Details

The Health & Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operations were developed as an innovative means of supporting sustainability and employee wellness in federal facilities. This is the first time that the 2010 United States Department of Agriculture Dietary Guidelines for Americans has been used as the basis for a set of food guidelines. The guidelines address both nutrition and environmental responsibility in the food choices and food service operations at all Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and General Service Administration (GSA) locations. The guidelines are a collaborative effort of HHS and GSA to work with vendors to provide healthy and sustainable food options for HHS and GSA employees.

These landmark guidelines uniquely address the nutritional and environmental impacts of food service while aligning employee health and dietary demands with cafeterias, snack bars, and vending operations. Released in March 2011, the guidelines have been successfully implemented in the Humphrey Café at HHS headquarters and in more than 10 other GSA facilities nationwide, and they will eventually be implemented in all HHS and GSA managed locations. As a result, the guidelines have the potential to not only to improve the health of the many thousands who eat at these facilities every day but also to conserve resources and reduce waste associated with food service operations.


Additional Information


Background

HHS Innovates is one of the ways we are building an innovative culture at the Department of Health and Human Services. HHS Innovates is a contest that recognizes and rewards action taken on good ideas. To date, HHS employees have submitted nominations of innovations for nearly 500 exciting new staff-driven innovative projects, and our employees have cast over 60,000 votes to select 42 finalists over seven rounds. This project is one of the finalists of HHS Innovates. Learn more about HHS Innovates.