Wash. state wants to improve healthy vending regs

Plan will upgrade Fit Pick program.

Jan. 23—Washington was one of the first states to adopt vending machine guidelines, but the trailblazing program is already showing its age. To catch up with states and municipalities which have drafted similar plans since Fit Pick debuted in 2007, the state is now developing a new set of guidelines to keep fattening foods out of its agencies' vending machines.

Although an exact timetable for the initiative hasn't yet been determined, Colleen Arceneaux, Community Transformation Healthy Eating Coordinator at the Washington State Department of Health, says, "it's going to be modeled after Seattle-King County guidelines."