Greenville NC Social Entrepreneur Launches Healthy Vending Business to Combat Obesity Epidemic

Across the nation, social entrepreneurs are joining forces with HUMAN Healthy Vending to combat obesity by providing their communities with HUMAN’s high-tech and eco-friendly vending machines that only vend healthful foods and drinks. Kamela DeSutter has recently partnered with HUMAN to provide this healthful alternative to schools, community centers, hospitals and corporate buildings in Greenville and Washington, NC communities. DeSutter is seeking additional locations interested in giving old-school junk-food-vending machines the boot and replacing them with machines with a conscience.

Online PR News – 05-October-2011 – – 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 the nation’s growing rates of overweight and obese adults and children -- 65.5% of adults in North Carolina alone – 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, Kamela DeSutter, owner of Healthy Vending of East Carolina Inc., has teamed with HUMAN Healthy Vending to ensure that residents in her 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 Healthy Vending of East Carolina Inc. and HUMAN will join a successful network of more than 750 machine locations across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Designated as a “Fit Community,” Greenville has a proven dedication to the health and wellness of its residents. Pitt County has sought to create healthy environments through the implementation of health policies and wellness program support for area businesses and hospitals. Further, the community has invested in ways to promote physical activity by readily connecting residents to park and recreation sites.

“We feel that our healthy vending program is a great addition to the community’s efforts,” said DeSutter. “Easy access to healthful foods and beverages is so important in maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. I knew that healthy vending would be the way to do that.”

Unlike antiquated vending machines that have long been associated with 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.

HUMAN machines recently launched in various locations in Greenville, including DSM Pharmaceuticals, Physician's East, Pitt Greenville Airport and The Hilton Greenville; as well as in nearby Washington, including Washington High School, Lifestyles Medical Fitness Center, and Fitness Unlimited.

Because the locations do not pay anything for the placement of these healthful-food-vending machines, they are truly a benefit to the location and its patrons.

“The launching of our HUMAN Healthy Vending program is a win-win, for the community as a whole as well as the location,” commented DeSutter. “We couldn’t be more excited.”

Why is “healthful food vending” so important?
• 65.5% of adults in North Carolina were overweight or obese in 2010 (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 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)

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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: target="_blank" class="highlight_link">>


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