Houston’s Giant VA Medical Center Partners With Fresh Healthy Vending
Healthy Vending Choices Available 24/7 for Patients and Staff
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) July 15, 2013 - The Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Houston Texas is said to be the largest government building next to the Pentagon. Housed on a 118-acre campus, it services over 137,000 veterans and has 3,500 health-care professionals to provide care.
The state-of-the-art facility in southeast Texas is named the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, also known as MEDVAMC. Alan Rigo, a franchisee with Fresh Healthy Vending operates 3 healthy vending machines at various locations in the large facility. The machines are stocked with all-natural, organic and preservative-free snacks and beverages making healthy choices easy and ensuring that nutrient-rich selections are always available.
“The machine located next to the Emergency Room is very popular, we fill it often,” Rigo stated. “Water is our highest-volume item, it just slides out the machines.” Veterans from around the country are referred to the center for specialized care. Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas Medical Center are affiliated with the Center, along with 85 other educational and research institutions.
“The cafeteria machine is used by both staff and patients,” Rigo said, “We sell many sugar-free and zero calorie drinks. Awareness about diabetes at the center is high and sales continue to increase for these items.” All products available from Fresh Healthy Vending machines comply with healthy food guidelines and meet or exceed standards set by the USDA.
Located in a waiting area outside of the 3rd floor operating room, the Fresh Healthy Vending machine is well used too. “Supplementing basic nourishment with wholesome snacks outside of regular meals is important. It can help tackle the national obesity epidemic as well as other health risks, like heart disease,” Rigo stated.
“The MEDVAMC facility is so large and has so many companies servicing it, it was mandatory to show credentials to gain access to refill the machines at first,” Rigo commented. Among the 6,000 products offered to stock the machines, gluten-free and nut-free choices are available. Of Rigo’s 25 machines, about half are in public, private and charter schools, the MEDVAMC is the only medical facility where his machines are located.
Fresh Healthy Vending provides opportunities that can be described as “a cause beyond financial benefit,” part of a socially-responsible lifestyle choice that helps others; franchisees are an integral part of the business. Keeping minds and bodies in better shape are part of the directives for Fresh Healthy Vending, the first franchiser of healthy vending machines. The company leads with first-to-market in products and equipment, and uses the latest vending technologies while offering the most comprehensive franchisee support structure.
About Fresh Healthy Vending
Fresh Healthy Vending is the largest healthy vending company in the world. Fresh Healthy Vending has over 200 franchise partners and 2300 healthy vending machines placed throughout the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. Fresh Healthy Vending is dedicated to combating obesity by providing nutritious foods from healthy vending machines.
FreshandHealthy.org is the only dedicated resource available to locations around the world seeking a healthy vending program. The program offers financial grants and incentives to locations that qualify. Visit http://www.freshandhealthy.org to learn more.
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