New York’s Social Entrepreneurs Launch Healthy Vending Businesses to Combat Obesity

Across New York, social entrepreneurs are joining forces with HUMAN Healthy Vending to combat obesity by providing their communities with HUMAN’s high-tech and

Online PR News – 20-September-2011 – New York NY – If vending machines are a sign of the times, most of them are not painting a pretty picture: many machines, even in public areas meant to encourage healthful living, vend only junk food, are an eyesore, and feature technology belonging to prehistoric times. With our political and medical leaders placing so much emphasis on the unhealthy state of the nation and the disparity in access to convenient healthful foods as being a contributing factor to this problem, it is clear that vending machines should represent a positive sign of the future.

Fortunately, Nassau County residents and health enthusiasts, Ralph Cleophat and Tony Manzolillo – collectively known as Berton Vending Solutions – have partnered with HUMAN Healthy Vending to ensure that residents in their community have convenient access to foods and drinks that meet a high caliber of nutritional standards, including the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Locations that partner with Berton Vending Solutions and HUMAN will join a successful network of more than 750 machine locations across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. New York alone has nearly 20 machine placements, including recent placements within the Orchard Park School District by husband and wife team, NFL player Jon Corto and his wife, Jen.

Unlike antiquated vending machines that have long been complicit in encouraging unhealthful eating habits, HUMAN’s vending machines are the first full-service vending solution offering only healthful snacks, drinks and entire meals along with health education streamed digitally via LCD screens attached to the machines. The LCD screens can educate consumers on the products in the machine as well as give general nutrition advice, such as how to read a nutrition label.

Both Cleophat and Manzolillo have deep roots in Nassau County: Cleophat holds a BE from The University at Stony Brook and an MBA from Hofstra University, while Manzolillo graduated from Garden City High School and also holds a BS from Arizona State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. They have spent much of their lives teaching their community how to live actively: Cleophat holds a third degree black belt in martial arts and has trained many of his community’s children and adults in the Art; and Manzolillo is a former personal trainer. Both want to see their community thriving and reaping the benefits of a healthful lifestyle. “We grew up here, went to school here and have worked with our community for years at a health-related capacity,” said Manzolillo. “Providing HUMAN Healthy Vending to our schools really allows us to instill healthful living in the next generation.”

If you are interested in learning more about HUMAN, or in facilitating a free $10,000 healthy vending program in your location, please visit our website.

About HUMAN Healthy Vending

It is the goal of HUMAN (Helping Unite Mankind and Nutrition) to make universal access to healthy food and health education a reality. HUMAN distributes hi-tech and eco-friendly vending machines that sell 100% healthy foods and drinks. In addition to providing healthy food options, the machines provide health education via high-definition LCD screens that display streaming videos and other content. By making healthy products and healthy-living information accessible in schools, hospitals, gyms, community centers and additional public spaces, HUMAN empowers people to make healthy choices.


HUMAN is proud to donate 10% of its proceeds to charitable causes that fight childhood obesity and malnutrition.