July 19, 2011 // Franchising.com // SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 17 percent of all children are now considered obese, triple the percentage of a generation ago. Meanwhile, schools across the country have implemented vending machines, in an effort to raise funds. Unfortunately, those machines have traditionally been stocked with unhealthy items. Today, however, vending machines are available that are stocked with all-natural and healthy foods, which could be an important step in helping to combat childhood obesity on campus.
"The ability to put a healthy vending machine on campus is essential," explains Jolly Backer, the chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com), a company specializing in vending machines that are stocked with all-healthy options. "It gives kids and college students access to quick, convenient foods that are also packed with the nutrition they need."
Having vending machines on campus has given schools an opportunity to earn a portion from all sales and to offer snacks to their student body. Nevertheless, in recent years, schools have come under scrutiny because of the unhealthy food options with which their machines are typically stocked. This is a problem that Fresh Healthy Vending has taken on, creating a line of vending machine that only offers all-healthy, nutritious foods.
Every vending machine on a school campus, for example, should offer such things as bottled water, all-natural cereal bars, fresh fruits and vegetables, tea, and yogurt. Fresh Healthy Vending's machines carry all that and more, including many other healthy food options that range from soymilk to baked chips and 100-percent fruit juices.
"Children and college students usually eat on campus, or at least want a snack while they are there," added Backer. "Making sure they have access to nutritious foods that are convenient is a good thing to do, and it can be an important tool in helping win the fight against childhood obesity."
Dual-climate-controlled Fresh Healthy Vending machines have been placed in over 600 locations throughout the country, with more being added each month. The machines are found on school campuses, in health and medical centers, shopping malls, and at a variety of other sites. Those who would like to learn more should visit www.freshvending.com.
Based in San Diego, Fresh Healthy Vending is a company that started in 2010 and is revolutionizing vending machines by filling them with healthy, natural food options. Dubbed the "future of vending," they are leading the way in healthy food vending. Their machines offer 100-percent juices, fresh vegetables, fruits, smoothies, and yogurts. The Fresh Healthy Vending machines are franchised and are being placed in schools, offices and other locations throughout the country. To learn more about Fresh Healthy Vending, visit the website at www.freshvending.com.