Social Entrepreneur Launches Innovative Health Campaign throughout Monmouth County

Monmouth County-based social entrepreneur, Melissa Epstein, is determined to make nutritious foods and nutrition education more accessible to her community by p

Online PR News – 08-December-2011 – Los Angeles, CA – Local schools and community centers in Monmouth County, New Jersey will soon be setting a precedent by featuring high-tech and eco-friendly vending machines that only vend healthful foods on their premises. These innovative healthy vending machines are part of local social entrepreneur Melissa Epstein’s partnership 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 standards delineated by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Already, Brick Fitness for Women, Brick Township High Schools, Hillel Yeshiva School, Knollwood School, Ranney School, and Wall Township High School have signed with Epstein to provide their students and patrons with this healthful alternative. Machines will be operational at these locations in mid January.

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 healthful snacks, drinks and entire meals along with health education streamed digitally via HD 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.

As an ex-athlete and mother to three young children, Epstein feels that people should do more than talk about the perils of malnourishment and childhood obesity and do something to help the situation. Her partnership with HUMAN Healthy Vending is her way of teaching her children to walk the walk. “The biggest mistake we can make is to think we don’t have power and that we can’t affect positive social change. I feel passionate about partnering with HUMAN and am 100% on board with their mission to ‘make nutrition easy,’” said Epstein.

Locations that partner with Epstein will join a successful network of more than 750 locations across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico that currently feature HUMAN vending machines.

While HUMAN and its operators work tirelessly to bring healthful food to locations across the world, they realize that proper nutrition is just part of the solution to the complex problem that is the obesity epidemic. So, HUMAN operators can often be found hosting sampling events in conjunction with mission-aligned organizations that inspire and teach physical activity. These events and partnerships create a well-rounded and synergistic approach to health-related outreach.

Epstein will hold nutrition-education and sampling events in January. Those interested in attending, or in seeing a HUMAN Healthy Vending machine in operation, may contact Annabel at the contact information listed above.

Those interested in learning more about HUMAN, or in bringing healthy vending to their location at no cost, please visit our website.

Why is “healthful-food-vending” so important?
• Nearly 62% of New Jersey adults are overweight or obese; 15.4% of children age 10-17 are 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)
• New Jersey ranks 13th in the nation for most physically inactive adults (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)
• 86% of US workers are overweight, obese or suffering from a chronic health condition (Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, 2011)
• 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)
• 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.

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.