NFL Player-Turned-Social-Entrepreneur Tackles Obesity Crisis
Buffalo Bills Player, Jon Corto, and His Wife, Jen, Launch Wellness Day Event at Orchard Park Middle School
Last Tuesday was an exciting day for the Buffalo, NY area. Nearby Orchard Park Middle School hosted a Wellness Day, and celebrated with a new HUMAN Healthy Vending machine!
Buffalo Bills Safety Jon Corto and his wife, Jen, launched a sampling event during Wellness Day. Baskets of healthy snacks and drinks were provided to the students. The event couldn’t be more successful.
Even the local news stopped by for a visit. CBS affiliate WVIB featured the sampling event on the nightly news along with a news article. Jon Corto was interviewed about Orchard Park’s new vending machine, pointing out the differences between what students think healthy food tasted like and what it actually tastes like.
“You’re not getting all the processed food, the synthetic stuff, you’re getting wholesome stuff. We don’t say you can’t eat cookies, but if you’re going to eat them, be smarter about it” said Corto.
Check out the news clip:
A big focus was on the LCD screen attached to the top of the machine, which can provide nutritional information to students. The LCD screen is a fun, attractive way to teach students the importance of healthy eating, and can even encourage them to read food labels. It’s one thing to place a healthy vending machine and tell students to eat healthy; it’s another thing to educate them as to why they need to eat healthy. Starting nutritional education young is the best way to create lifelong health and wellness.
Not only that, the machine has been a smash hit at Orchard Park Middle School. According to Principal Dave Lilleck, the machine has been selling out on a daily basis.
Congrats, Jon and Jen, for such a successful event!
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What’s Wrong with What We Eat?
New York Times Food Writer, Mark Bittman, Weighs in on What’s Wrong With What We Eat
It’s no secret that we’ve got a BIG problem. With the plethora of fast food joints densely populating the country, it really is no surprise. However, this is only part of the problem.
So, what’s wrong with what we eat?
Mark Bittman, food writer for The New York Times, dives into the issue. He narrows it down to a few main points:
1) Too much meat
2) Too few plants
3) Too much fast food
4) Too little home cooking
Check out the video below to learn more about it:
Bittman makes a powerful comment–we aren’t born craving donuts and Whoppers. So why is it Americans love them so much? A lot of it has to do with marketing. It’s time to change the focus from junk to health, and it’s up to us to demand healthier products in our homes, schools, and workplaces.
This isn’t just a national issue; it’s a global issue. Our habits are putting the entire planet at risk. So where do we go from here? It’s a simple formula:
Eat less junk and more plants. Eat food. Eat real food.
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