Mayor Rick Kriseman wants to be your mommy. He wants to tell you what to eat and when you don’t follow his directions, he wants to limit your choices so you WILL eat what he says. One wonders if he will soon go down the Mayor Bloomberg route (NYC prior Mayor) and start ordering that all drinks come in very small sippy cups. To impose his healthy vision on you, the Mayor has ordered that all vending machines in the city will only be allowed to have food he deems healthy. Goodbye Oreos, snickers bars, mountain dew and nuts with salt. Hello Milk, apple juice, bland snacks and carrot sticks!
The St. Petersburg Mayor’s office announced at the end of September “a progressive approach to improving the city’s food environment through procurement guidelines designed to drive healthier eating habits”. Yes folks, this is progressivism – government control over your life and your choices. The Liberal city government is following their traditional progressive playbook to “drive” you to do what they say. The vending machines on every city property will now have limited options. That means at the recreation center, swimming pools, government buildings, the golf course and any other place the city has any property you will buy only what they provide.
The Mayor cites the American Heart Association vending machine guidelines which spell out with great specificity all the things that St. Petersburg Residents will now be allowed to purchase at government run areas. The city will now “Select the smallest package sizes offered by your vendor” – which means paying more for lower quantity. That means people may buy more to compensate for the lower volume too! The standards say to “Eliminate all candy” but says you have permission to buy “sugar-free mints and gum”. Finally the city must “Eliminate all regular chips” but says it will be just fine to buy “baked chips and pretzels” (yum – that should go great with your milk box!). Here are more details.
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION HEALTHY WORKPLACE FOOD & BEVERAGE TOOLKIT 20
Nutrition Standards for Food (except plain nuts and nut/fruit mixes)
- No more than 200 calories per label serving
- Choose products with the lowest amount of sodium you can find and no more than 240 mg of sodium per label serving (preferably no more than 140 mg)
- Zero g trans fat per label serving and no products containing partially hydrogenated oils
- No more than 1 g of saturated fat
- No candy (sugar-free mints and gum are OK)
- No regular chips (baked chips and pretzels are OK)
Nutrition Standards for Plain Nuts and Nut/Fruit Mixes
- Preferred serving size for plain nuts is 1 oz., but no more than 1.5 oz.
- Choose products with the lowest amount of sodium you can find and no more than 140 mg of sodium per label serving.
Nutrition Standards for Beverages
- Water (plain, sparkling and flavored) – no more than 10 calories per serving
- Fat-free (skim) or low-fat (1%) milk and milk alternatives (soy, almond, etc.) – no more than 130 calories per 8 fl. oz.
- Juice – 100% fruit or vegetable juice (or juiceand water)
- No added sugars/sweeteners (except non-nutritive sweeteners)
- No more than 120 calories per 8 fl. oz. (preferred serving size), 150 calories per 10 fl. oz., or 180 calories per 12 fl. oz.
- Other beverages – no more than 10 calories per serving
Similar initiatives have been implemented in other liberal strongholds like Chicago and Seattle and is clearly a focus of the scold-in-chief Obama as the CDC and the FDA has guidance for all of America! So as the city is facing unfunded pensions, rising taxes and fees, and sewage pouring into the bay like old faithful, the Mayor has taken on the critical issue of Milky Ways and Coca-Cola! The Citizens are seeing come to fruition what this blog predicted shortly after the liberal government took over when writing about “Progressive St. Pete 2017: High Cost, High Regulation, Low Freedom.” See if this prediction is ringing true now: Mandated “Good Behavior”.