I know it kind of sounds like an oxymoron, healthy and vending machine in the same sentence, but it does exist out there!
About 4 months ago, the search began to replace the old vending machine with candy and chips with a healthier version. Well, today was finally the day! The machine was delivered to my office and I was super happy.
So what kinds of things do we have to choose from?
Pirate’s Booty, Apple Straws and Kettle Corn Pop corn
Different flavors of Clif Bars/Active Water, Blue Sky organic Cola and Rootbeer
Mojo Bars and organic cookies with no trans fats.
So, I will not tell a lie, it was a little shocking for some people, but the majority of my friends at work were really excited about it. I think it will grow on some people who right now, will miss M & M’s and Snicker’s Bars. However, Study findings published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM) show that employees have a higher rate of job satisfaction when their employer is concerned about their health.
It’s a small step, but building on more steps can create a great and healthy atmosphere at any office.
Would your co-workers revolt at such a drastic change or do you think they would embrace it?
The company I used is in the Chicago land location and is called Healthy U Vending. You can check out their site here. The owner’s name is “T” and he said business is BOOMING! So that’s a nice thought that other companies/schools/hospitals are going to change what they offer too.
If you don’t live in the Chicago area, you can just google Healthy Vending for your state and see what pops up. Maybe you can make a change at your workplace or if you are the boss, you can offer this to your staff!