Executive Order 509, signed by Governor Patrick, requires state agencies to follow nutrition standards when buying or serving foods and drinks. These standards apply to agencies which provide food to agency clients and patients. The Executive Order is a part of Mass in Motion, a statewide effort to reduce and prevent obesity. The standards encourage use of healthy food options such as:

  • Increasing whole grains.

  • Increasing fruits and vegetables.

  • Using lean meats and alternative protein sources.

  • Using skim or non-fat dairy products.

Find more information on Executive Order No. 5 and the Nutrition Standards for State Agencies.

Read about the early success of EO509 in helping residents eat better pdf format of Helping Residents Eat Better with Executive Order 509
doc format of Helping Residents Eat Better with Executive Order 509 .


This information is provided by the Wellness Unit within the Department of Public Health.