Arkansas Vending Patterns

    • June 22, 2009

Arkansas Act 1220 of 2003 created a comprehensive school-based childhood obesity prevention program and immediately placed the state at the forefront of the national movement. The act mandated several immediate statewide policy changes, such as restricted access to vending machines in public elementary schools, and also established mechanisms to help create future changes at both the state and local levels. The ultimate objective of the legislation was to improve the health of Arkansas children and their families. The Arkansas Act 1220 Evaluation found that between 2004 and 2008 the number of children reporting they had not purchased foods from vending machines in the past month went up from 28 percent to 54 percent.