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Throughout presidential history, each First Lady of our nation has chosen to align herself with an issue they are passionate about.

Nancy Regan focused on the “Just Say No To Drugs” campaign, Laura Bush spent her time helping with “child literacy,” and now, Michelle Obama is taking a stand against “childhood obesity.” Childhood obesity has skyrocketed in the last 10 years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 percent of children (over 9 million) 6-19 years old are overweight or obese–a number that has tripled since 1980.

Mrs. Obama is in a great position to influence millions of people. So far she has made many efforts helping the cause through promoting highly publicized events. Some of these include working with state and local governments to build playgrounds (encouraging kids to move and run around), going on talk shows to offer healthy eating tips while educating viewers about the potential dangers of bad nutrition. She  has also been on nationally televised cooking shows, teaching people how to make healthy snacks and meals for their family.

I am a huge fan of these initiatives and they have already changed many Americans for the better. I know the next best step! Let’s help implement a government fund that aids in the placement of healthy vending machines! My proposal is to subsidize all healthy vending companies for machine shipping costs. This keeps  initial start-up costs lower for the healthy vending machine distributors, which will allow more people to purchase them, ultimately enabling more machines to be placed. Healthy snack options need to be convenient and affordable. What better way than to help the spread of mini automated health stores across the country. H.U.M.A.N. Healthy Vending supports the movement, let’s do it!!

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