Anti-Obesity Program

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Vending machine operators are going long while thinking lean.

The National Automatic Merchandising Association is unveiling its new anti-obesity program to encourage healthy food choices, and to fend off efforts to remove vending machines from schools.

The group had football Hall of Fame receiver Lynn Swann on hand as it introduced its "Balanced for Life" program. He reminded students that, "Physical activity should not be an elective, it should be part of our daily lifestyle."

The program includes a color-coded rating system for food sold in vending machines, indicating healthful choices and those that should be eaten in moderation.