Yes, Mayor Bloomberg. Your Nanny-ness is now getting some competition, in Chicago. And given the devotion that some have for the cause, I have to label Mayor Emanuel a disciple. No, it’s not a re-do of former Mayor Daley’s Fois Gras ban. It’ s the arrival of the “healthy” vending machines, and, you guessed it, a 12-ounce drink limit! Take that! Not 16-ounces, but twelve! Move to Chicago and get 25% less calories in every vending drink.
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Today Mayor Emanuel announced that new healthy vending machines will be located across all City departments and buildings starting in January 2013. These new vending machines will ensure that City employees and the visiting public are provided with predominantly healthy snack and beverage options from vending machines in these buildings.
“These new vending machines will make it easier than ever before for City employees and the public to make healthy lifestyle decisions,” said Mayor Emanuel. “When City employees take their wellness into their own hands, we can reduce health care costs and also serve as a model for the residents of Chicago when it comes to making healthy choices.”
The new vending machines must follow clear guidelines on fat, sugar and calorie content. These include:
- Only 25 percent of cold beverage options in a machine can be “high calorie” beverages, and the remaining 75 percent of the beverage options must contain 25 calories or less per eight ounces;
- All hot beverage options must contain 25 calories or less;
- All beverage selections, with the exception of water and seltzer, are limited to 12 ounces;
- At least 75 percent of the food options in a machine must contain 250 calories or less, at least five food items must contain 250mg or less of sodium per serving, and at least one food item in a machine must be both gluten- and nut-free.
A “high calorie” beverage is defined as a beverage with 25 calories or more per eight ounces.
Now, if you don’t work for the City of Chicago, you may think that this does not affect you. And, quite obviously, you would be wrong. This is liberalism, folks. You are paying for this. That’s right, and Emanuel, via the city’s website, even brags that you, not him, are paying for it:
The move to healthy vending machines is also in line with Healthy Places, a joint obesity prevention project of CDPH and its bona fide agent CLOCC at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Healthy Places is funded by the CDC through the Affordable Care Act and is a part of Healthy Chicago, the City’s public health agenda.
Yes, that’s right. Obamacare is paying for vending machines in City of Chicago workplaces. And where does Obamacare get its money? From you, of course, if you sell a house, have a tanning treatment, dare to go without insurance, dare to not provide health insurance to employees, or provide too-good of healthcare for employees, etc. This is truly a bad law gone worse. And, this is just one example of what we will be seeing for years to come. I’ll be heading to my hometown of Chicago next week, and hope to see some Twinkies in those machines.