Social Entrepreneur Launches Healthy Vending Business to Tackle York County’s Obesity Trouble
09/27/2011

Across the nation, social entrepreneurs are joining forces with HUMAN Healthy Vending to combat obesity by providing their communities with HUMAN’s high-tech an

Online PR News – 27-September-2011 – United States – Pennsylvania may be popularly known as the home to some of America’s favorite snack foods, but it also happens to be home to a growing challenge: nearly 65% of the state’s adult population was considered overweight or obese in 2010. Even more disconcerting is the disparity between PA counties’ obesity rates. According to 2009 data from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, 25 percent of York County residents are considered obese, compared to only 18 percent in Chester County. America’s political and medical leaders emphasize the lack of access to convenient healthful foods as contributing to the problem, however, it is clear that there is a disconnect between what we know to be part of the solution – access to healthful foods – and what is actually widely available (standard vending machines supplying junk food).

Fortunately, Travis Miller – doing business as Freeland Organics – has partnered with HUMAN Healthy Vending to ensure that residents in his community have convenient access to foods and drinks that meet a high caliber of nutrition standards, including the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Locations that partner with Freeland Organics will join a successful network of more than 750 locations across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico that currently feature HUMAN vending machines. Already, York County YMCAs, Spring Grove High School, and York JCC have signed up to be the first community centers and schools within their district to offer 100% healthful foods and drinks to their patrons and students.

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.

Miller believes it is important to live a sustainable life, both from an environmental and personal health perspective. He sees Freeland Organics’ partnership with HUMAN’s eco-friendly and healthful-food-vending machines as an opportunity to connect with his community by advocating this more conscious lifestyle. “Organic food is an important part of eating healthfully and also in living a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle. It is important for us to consume things that will not be bad for the environment, especially since how we live directly affects the Chesapeake Watershed,” Miller said.

Freeland Organics will be holding sampling events in the upcoming weeks. If you are interested in attending, or in seeing a HUMAN Healthy Vending machine in operation, please contact Annabel at the contact information listed above.

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.

Why is “healthful-food-vending” so important?
• More than 23 million Americans, including 6.5 million children, live in low-income urban and rural neighborhoods that are more than one mile from the nearest supermarket (via Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” website )
• Childhood obesity rates have tripled since 1980 (via "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011," a report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
• More than two-thirds of adults in America — 190 million people — are currently overweight or obese (via "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011," a report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
• One third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. Many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma (via Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” 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.

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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.