Johns Creek Social Entrepreneur Launches Healthy Vending Business to Fight Obesity

Johns Creek resident Shari Dover-Calicchio has partnered with HUMAN Healthy Vending to encourage healthful living in Fulton County by providing convenient acces

Online PR News – 20-September-2011 – United States – With both adult and childhood obesity reaching record levels – nearly 30% in Georgia alone — it is clear that junk food vending machines need a makeover. In fact, federal and state legislation is ensuring a shift to more healthful options, particularly when it comes to the nutrition standards of foods offered beyond the school cafeteria.

Fortunately, Johns Creek resident Shari Dover-Calicchio has partnered with HUMAN Healthy Vending to ensure that schools, hospitals, and community areas, vend foods and drinks that meet a high caliber of nutrition standards, including the standards required in schools by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Locations in Fulton County that partner with Dover-Calicchio and HUMAN will join a successful network of nearly 750 machine locations across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. So far, Northview High, Chattahoochee High and Lambert High have signed with Dover-Calicchio and HUMAN to provide their students with these healthful vending options.

Unlike antiquated vending machines that have long been complicit in encouraging unhealthy 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.

Dover-Calicchio believes forming partnerships with schools and community-centered locations sets the stage to make healthful living the standard rather than the exception, and unlike vending companies that simply pay lip service to healthful living, HUMAN machines only vend products that have been reviewed by a panel of health experts. "It is very exciting to know that our partnership schools, like Northview High, Chattahoochee High and Lambert High, will be some of the first schools in Georgia to provide 'true healthy' snack options for students. What I mean by 'true healthy' is that we’re committed to providing only 100% all natural and organic products,” said Dover-Calicchio.

Dover-Calicchio also believes in the HUMAN Healthy Vending mission to provide universal access to healthful food and health education and is placing HUMAN machines in her local community for this purpose. "HUMAN machines are designed to educate with their interactive HD screens that provide nutrition information on the products available for sale. We see ourselves partnering with schools and businesses to begin the educational wave for nutrition and health that must sweep our nation,” said Dover-Calicchio. “Our vending machines are super cool and educational. We know they can help us crush our nation's obesity problem."

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. To learn more, go to our website.