A set of survey instruments used to measure the influence of environments on food choice was developed by Emory University - Nutrition Environment Measures Survey (NEMS). NEMS tools can be used to measure the availability of food choices in the grocery store, convenience store or restaurant. The tools are valuable to help communities focus on improving diet through improved accessibility and availability. For more information about NEMS visit http://www.med.upenn.edu/nems/.
In 2009, a survey instrument was created for evaluating the availability of food choices in vending machines through funding from the Iowa-South Dakota Wellmark Foundation. This tool is referred to as NEMS-V.
A completed NEMS-V assessment will:
Provide an award certificate for each machine and the location as a whole (Bronze award if at least 30% of the food or 55% of beverage choices are yellow or green; Silver award if at least 40% of the food or 65% of beverage choices are yellow or green; Gold award if at least 50% of the food or 75% of beverage choices are yellow or green and without unhealthy advertising)– sample certificate
Step 1 - What you need to take with you when you complete the
Resources to take:
Forms to take:
Vending Location cover page – one for each location site you are assessing
Individual vending machine graphic – one for each machine you will be assessing at the site
Individual vending machine cover page – one for each machine you will be assessing at the site
Using the internet, complete a search for the product nutrition label for any food/beverage items with a “?” that do NOT clearly fall into green, yellow or red categories. Enter the nutrition information into the Healthy choices calculator on the NEMS-V website. Complete color coding on the questionable food/beverage items.
Enter the site location information from the Vending Location cover page.
Enter the individual machine information from each Individual vending machine cover page.
View and print your site report card.
View and print individual machine and site location awards (if applicable).