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Knowledge is Power – Promoting Healthy Concessions One Stand at a Time

The Healthy Moves Toolkit – Guide to Improving Concession Stands was made possible through a grant from New Jersey Healthy Communities Network and designed in collaboration with: Raritan Valley YMCA, Healthier Middlesex, and Rutgers University EJ Bloustein Planning and Public Policy Intern Program.

In phase two of the grant we have taken on educating and promoting healthy concessions in the community. We have developed a toolkit that we will next take to community agencies. It is our aim to increase awareness about healthy eating and further promote environmental policy change.

The goal of the Healthy Moves Toolkit – Guide to Improving Food Concessions Stands is to teach concession stand operators on how to change their menu items to be healthier with greater nutritional value, without jeopardizing the profit margins.

We chose Healthy Concessions as a better alternative to traditionally sold items that are often high in fat, sugar, sodium, and low in nutrients and aim to limit overly processed foods that are sold as well. Good nutrition is important in maintaining health for all ages and offering options from all food groups at concession stands should be an important goal to achieve in order to promote healthy choices.

The toolkit’s goals are as follows:
1) Increase healthy concession stand representation within the community
2) Sustain healthy nutrition and healthy eating standards among concession stand consumers
3) Make healthy concessions the best-fit for all events, especially youth sports events
4) Ensure that all foods and beverages sold or served outside of school meal programs are nutritious and appealing.
5) Secure signed policies by concessions stand operators or authorities that agree to the initiative
6) Demonstrate positive profit margins on select menu items

Let’s continue being champions for children’s health and well-being!

About the Grantee

Raritan Valley YMCA

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. To learn more about the Raritan Valley YMCA programs, health and wellness, visit www.raritanvalleyymca.org or call 732-257-4114. The Y is located at 144 Tices Lane in East Brunswick