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HUMAN Healthy Vending Featured in Los Angeles Times & ABC News
We have another exciting update for you! HUMAN was just featured in the LA Times and ABC News.
First, we were named one of Entrepreneur’s “Top 100 Brilliant Companies” in June, then one of CNN Money’s “10 Generation Next Entrepreneurs to Watch,” and now…the Los Angeles Times and ABC News.
The LA Times article describes the healthy vending trend and even explores two points of view….some believe that snacking is the overwhelming cause of obesity, and others believe that healthy vending machines can help reduce the growing pains of the obesity epidemic.
So which is it? Here at HUMAN, we know healthy vending alone won’t solve the problem. It’s all about education. The pairing of education along with healthy snacks is the first step in getting kids to eat better and understand why they need to eat better.
Not only that, but schools are now mandating healthier choices. According to the LA Times, “Over the last decade, states have taken a variety of steps to improve school nutrition policies [...] They’ve banned sodas, restricted sales of sweetened sports drinks and limited the amount of sugar and saturated fat in school snacks. Some states have set nutritional standards for food sold on campuses — in school stores, in cafeterias and even in vending machines.”
The LA Times also tells the other side of the story-the debate that snacks are still snacks. This is true, processed food is still processed food. Some nutritionists believe that there shouldn’t even be vending machines in schools.
Of course, if every child knew how to eat right, this would be utopia. But, America is a snacking society, and little changes at the beginning are meant to trigger big chances in the future. If kids are going to snack, they may as well snack right.
The mention is the LA Times isn’t even the only press we got last week…we were also featured in ABC News. The article, titled “Vending Machines Get a Makeover,” discusses the obesity epidemic and how HUMAN machines are facilitating easy access to healthful foods.
“There’s no way we’re going to snap fingers and tell an entire country to stop snacking,” said Sean Kelly, CEO of HUMAN. “That might work for six months, but it’s not sustainable. Rather than creating no benefits, we’re going to create some benefits and help people get healthier and healthier.”
Needless to say, we’re stoked for being featured in two great media sources.
Check out this behind the scenes look at the LA Times photo shoot:
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Walk-to-School Programs Gaining Momentum
How Saying No to the School Bus Might Be a “Step” in the Right Direction
We’ve all heard our grandparents’ stories of when they were school children.
“I had to walk a mile uphill, both ways to get to school!”
And of course, we rolled our eyes, and didn’t even think twice about the convenience of riding in a school bus to and from school. Most kids are bussed to school–with only those living very close to the school having to actually walk. Most people don’t think twice about the effect busing plays on students’ physical fitness–or lack thereof.
“Because of a ‘car-centric’ society that favors wider roads and fewer sidewalks — as well as a heightened fear of abductions by strangers — far fewer kids walk to school than was the case four decades ago. According to study authors, 42 percent of children actively commuted (walked or biked) to school in 1969-70, compared to only 13 percent in 2009″ reports Health.com.
To determine if walking to school actually promotes healthier, active lifestyles in kids who walk to school versus those who don’t, Dr. Jason Mendoza and his research team conducted a study.
The researchers split a group of 149 fourth-graders from eight schools in Houston into active commuters — those who walked to and from school up to five days a week — and a control group who were driven by bus or car. At the beginning of the study, both groups had logged similar amounts of moderate to vigorous activity, about 46 to 49 minutes per day.
But over the next five weeks, the kids who walked to school upped their activity slightly — an average of 7 extra minutes per day of moderate to vigorous exercise. In contrast, those who got driven to school actually lowered their daily activity over the study period, to an average of 41 minutes daily.
While the activity increase for walkers may seem modest, Dr. Jason Mendoza said that even small amounts of exercise are meaningful in a country with a 17 percent obesity rate for kids under age 19. About a third of adult Americans are obese, and another third are classified as overweight.
Although walk-to-school programs are uncommon, they may serve as a way to increase physical activity in children. Although walking takes more time than getting a ride on a bus or car, it may be a step in the right direction to reverse the effects of childhood obesity.
What do you think? Are walk-to-school programs a good idea?