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Nutritional Standards for Portland Parks & Recreation’s Community Centers

It is the policy of Portland Parks & Recreation that we provide healthier options for snacks and beverages sold at our Community Centers and Swimming Pools.

Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions. Obesity causes serious health conditions and results in significant financial burdens to individuals and taxpayers. This policy will improve the nutritional content of items sold in our Community Centers and Swimming Pools to individuals who use our facilities. High-calorie sodas, large portion sizes, and low-nutrition foods contribute to obesity, as well as displacing healthier options.

By implementing this policy in Community Centers and Swimming Pools, we can assist in building a supportive community environment for healthy nutrition and create demand for healthy foods. The implementation of this policy will promote good nutrition and create a positive environment to foster healthy eating habits for the community, staff, and others who use our facilities.

Nutrition Standards for foods and beverages in Community Centers and Swimming Pools

Snacks

  • Calories per item may not exceed 250
  • Total calories from fat may not exceed 35 percent, except for foods that are mainly nuts, eggs, cheese, non–fried vegetables, legumes or seeds
  • Sugar content may not exceed 35 percent by weight, except for fruits and vegetables
  • Saturated fat may not exceed 10 percent of total calories
  • Trans fat may not exceed 0.5 grams per serving

Beverages

  • Plain water is OK
  • 100% Fruit or vegetable juice – Maximum individual container size of 12 ounces and must be 180 calories total or less, (15 calories per ounce).
  • Milk or flavored milk, 1% or fat-free, Maximum individual container size of 12 ounces and must be 180 calories total or less, (15 calories per ounce).
  • Other beverages – Maximum individual container size of 12 ounces and must be 100 calories total or less, (8 calories per ounce).

View the full PP&R Healthy Snacks for Community Center's and Pools Policy