Parents Launch Healthy Vending Franchise After Daughters Celiac Disease Diagnosis

Memphis, TN (PRWEB) July 24, 2013

David and Ginny Szalay have always paid particular attention to their daughters diet since she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 5. When their daughter was also diagnosed with Celiac disease, they knew it would be even more difficult to find snacks and drinks to meet their busy lifestyle and daughters specific dietary needs. In an effort to solve that challenge, the Szalays partnered with HUMAN Healthy Vending the nations leading franchisor of healthy vending machine businesses[1] to ensure that their family, as well as the greater Memphis community, has convenient access to healthful foods and beverages, including allergy- and diabetic-friendly options.

HUMAN Healthy Vending is an award-winning franchisor of eco-friendly and high-tech healthy vending machines[2]. HUMANs machines vend better-for-you foods and beverages, including fresh fruit, hummus and snack bars, and can provide schools with planograms that comply with the USDAs Smart Snacks in School rules.

Operating as Easy Nutrition Everywhere LLC, the Szalays have secured locations for HUMAN Healthy Vending machines in Germantown[3], Memphis, and surrounding areas, with Farmington Elementary School and Shelby Farms Park as the first locations to sign contracts.

Farmington Elementary School ditched their junk-food vending machine in May and incorporated a healthy vending program in its place. Now, healthful choices, including options that are gluten-, nut-, egg- and dairy-free, as well as locally sourced items, such as Zippie Hippie Granola Bars and Monkey Bars, are available to students and staff. The local options are also available at Shelby Farms along with Organic dog treats from local farmers, Farm House Barkery.

Principal Lee Ann Chism Kight led the effort to bring a healthy vending program to Farmington.

Farmingtons staff has worked hard to provide healthy lifestyle choices for our students from our Walk to School Wednesdays and bike rodeos to our Falcon 5K Club,” said Chism Kight. “We have held staff challenges related to walking and weight loss, and even host an after school yoga group. Updating our snack offerings to align with our commitment just made sense.

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Memphis is routinely listed as one of the most obese cities, with more than a third of residents “obese,” which the federal Centers for Disease Control defines as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher.

We clearly have challenges as a community to make changes to our diet. Sparked by our own struggles to feed our daughter healthful foods, my wife and I will help make a positive change in our community by providing access to healthful choices and educating on the benefits of eating well and staying active, said David Szalay. The best place to start is our schools and recreational areas. We are excited to work with Farmington School and Shelby Farms Park as our first locations.

The Szalays healthy vending machines in schools[4] provide wholesome snacks that are a better alternative to the foods and drinks typically found in vending machines.

With the USDAs Smart Snacks in School rules, all schools must revamp their current vending machine snacks to meet a specific criteria designed to ensure snacks and beverages are wholesome by July 1, 2014. The Szalays are positioned to provide schools with a product mix that complies with these rules.

Those interested in owning their own HUMAN Healthy Vending franchise, or in having a HUMAN Healthy Vending machine at their location, may call 310.845.7745 or visit http://www.healthyvending.com[5].

About HUMAN Healthy Vending

HUMAN (Helping Unite Mankind And Nutrition) Healthy Vendings mission is to make healthy food more convenient than junk food. HUMAN accomplishes this by placing high-tech and eco-friendly vending machines that only vend better-for-you foods and drinks, including fresh produce and locally sourced foods, in schools, hospitals, gyms and corporate locations across the world. In addition to providing healthful food options, HUMAN machines provide nutrition education via high-definition LCD screens that display streaming videos and other digital content. HUMAN currently has more than 1,500 machines placed across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

HUMAN Healthy Vending has been ranked by Entrepreneur as one of its Top 100 Brilliant Companies and by Forbes as one of Americas Most Promising Companies (two years in a row).

HUMAN donates 10% of profits to charities that fight the causes of childhood obesity and malnutrition, with a predominate recipient of those funds being HUMANs non-profit arm, HUMAN Everywhere. HUMAN Everywheres mission is to leverage the power of social entrepreneurship to improve the nations collective health by increasing access to nutrition education and healthful foods while advocating for public policy that contributes to these goals.


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  1. Reply

    What Exactly Is A Healthy Lifestyle And Is It The Same For Everyone? Does a healthy lifestyle depends on a person’s age, religion, etc?

      • HealthNut
      • July 27, 2013

      While we aren’t one size fits all, the tenets of a healthy lifestyle are those that we can all follow. It’s hard to go wrong with eating adequate calories composed of healthy foods. Consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low fat/nonfat dairy is suggested. Monitoring portions sizes and preparing food in a healthy manner is advised. Watch sodium intake as well and limit high sugar/high fat foods. Follow any diets that are recommended by your RD/MD with regard to specific disease states that you may have, such as diabetes, and take any medications as prescribed. Maintain a healthy weight and exercise a minimum of 30 minutes, 5 days per week, if able.

  2. Reply

    How Can I Keep Up My Healthy Lifestyle Over Easter? I have been trying to keep a healthy lifestyle, build fitness and lose a little fat. But I am surrounded by Easter treats, mum has been baking loads, have Easter eggs from family and my bf wants to get me an Easter egg too. Don’t get me wrong, I love how sweet everyone is being, but all of this will just make me I’ll. What should I do?

      • HealthNut
      • July 27, 2013

      If you’d like me to be honest, I think that the healthiest lifestyles include enjoying things. So every now and then, let go of the fact that “something will make me fat” and enjoy it. I think that often as people we give up a large part of living just to stay skinny. I used to be that way, and as much as I told myself it was worth it, it really wasn’t. Enjoy it, and don’t go on a guilt trip over it.

      That being said, there are several things you can do to avoid extra treats. Stay away from the kitchen as much as possible, as well as where things are being served. When you get things, get just a small bit. I’ve noticed that with a lot of sweetbreads and cakes and such, a very thin slice takes just as long to eat as a thick one and is usually just as satisfying. If not, you can even get a second (which, sliced thinly enough, is still smaller than the thick slices would be). Another trick I’ve learned is “sharing”–if it is a roll or whatever, just eat half of it and “share” the other half with someone else (maybe someone else who either just wants half, or someone who wants more than one).

      Enjoy Easter!

    • Bob
    • July 27, 2013

    What Are Some Healthy Lifestyle Changes To Make? So I’ve started drinking more water. I drink Green, White, and Chai tea. I also bought the stainless steel water bottle, and I bike for about 20-30 minutes a day. I consider these healthy lifestyle changes. I was wondering if you could provide more suggestions along these lines.

      • HealthNut
      • July 27, 2013

      There are 5 elements in a healthy lifestyle.

      1. food
      2. exercise
      3. sleep
      4. happiness
      5. extra healthy things

      1. Food, we don’t really know that much about nutrition, we do know a blanced diet, with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables is good for you. Meat is pretty good, if it is lean and not eaten too often….ideally I might eat meat once or twice a week. A good healthy diet can include some indulgences.
      2. Exercise, you should do some. Though I don’t recommend routine exercise, cycle 2 or 3 times a week, join a social sports club, eg, tennis, go hiking on weekends, swimming is one of the best exercises for the whole body. If you vary your exercise, then you will enjoy it more and do more.
      3. Sleep. A lot of evidence says if you don’t get enough sleep you will have problems, eat more, metabolise your food differently and die young.
      4. Be happy, enjoy your life. Drink dance, eat chocolate, but not all day, everyday.
      5. Then there are all the little extras. eg, green tea (there is no such things as Chai tea….chai means tea, it is an indian word derived from the chinese word Cha, meaning tea), red wine, brocollie and beetroot, lots of things than can boost your body, ginger, garlice and hundreds of other things that you can add to your diet to make things a little better.

      Don’t obsess, don’t live by a book or a routine, just be healthy.

  3. Reply

    How Will You Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle In The Future? Imagine yourself after college. You’re married with a few kids. You’re gaining a few pounds every now and then. How will you get yourself back on track into a healthy lifestyle?

      • HealthNut
      • July 27, 2013

      Minus the after college part, but I have 2 kids and am expecting the third one in a few weeks. We maintain healthy lifestyles by eating nutritious foods, lots of whole grains, fruits, veggies, and milk. We also get a lot of exercise in. Although my kids are still toddlers and I’m big as a house, everyday as a family my husband and I walk with the kids up and down the road, then when we get home my husband stays outside with the kids and plays with them while I get supper fixed. We don’t turn the TV on until after baths, forcing us to get up off the couch. Hopefully that will encourage our kids to maintain healthy lifestyles after they’re all grown up.

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    What Can Anyone Do To Promote A Healthy Lifestyle? What can institutions such as schools do and what can individuals do?
    What can the government put in place?
    What is the reason for the fact not a lot of people care about having a healthy lifestyle anymore?

      • HealthNut
      • July 27, 2013

      Schools can replace all or most of the canteen food with healthy options so they could replace chicken burger with tuna salad for example. Individuals can aim to eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day and exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. The government can put a higher price up on junk food, therefore tempting more people to buy healthy food as it would become cheaper than it is now.

      The reason why people don’t care about a healthy lifestyle, is that junk food like burger and chips is quick and a convenience, as healthy meals takes time to prepare. Same with exercise maybe being time consuming and they have a busy schedule to be able to fit it all in.

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    How Do You Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle? Please comment on your suggestions to maintain a healthy lifestyle, add any concerns or issues you have concerning you’re healt, and i’ll be happy to educate you further.

      • HealthNut
      • July 27, 2013

      I eat healthy – vegetables, fruit, lots of water, minimal sugar consumption, etc.
      I don’t smoke.
      I don’t drink in excess.
      I don’t do drugs.
      I exercise at least twice a week.
      I try to get enough sleep every night (minimum of 7 hours).

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    What Would You Say A Healthy Lifestyle Is? Hey 🙂 I’ve got some coursework that needs doing and I need to do some primary reasearch and I was just wondering if you would leave me some answers below on what you think a healthy lifestyle is personally. And what you think you have to do to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I need loads of answers so I hope you dont mind helping me 🙂 Thankyouu

      • HealthNut
      • July 27, 2013

      Healthy lifestyle…involves eating right, exercing, and relationships you have with others. Also if you live in a clean environment…messy=germs=sickness…and to maintain a healthy lifestyle you need to frequenlty eat right, do some sort of physical activity, be nice to others (stress is bad for health), and keep a clean home

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