In order to cater to consumers, you should be providing a variety of healthy and unhealthy products in your vending machine. Yes, that means if you have a machine filled with sweets, you may want to restructure in order to provide healthier snack products, such as hummus and granola bars. Providing a variety of products ensures that you are not only reaching more consumers, but it also means that you are promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Of course, just because something is consumed by drinking it instead of eating it, does not mean that it is any less unhealthy. That is why you should also make healthy beverages easily accessible for your consumers, if you have a drink or combo machine. Healthy drink options include water, seltzer water and flavored unsweetened water.
In order for snacks and drinks to be considered “heart-healthy” by the American Heart Association, snacks should have no more than 200 caolories per serving. It should also have no more than 240 milligrams of sodium, no more than 1 gram of saturated fat and no more than 0 grams of trans fat per serving.
With Vending.com, we have optional features to make displaying nutritional information easily accessible for the consumers. Consumers will have the ability to browse all product information, including all nutritional information.
Not all of your customers will want to indulge in healthy snacks or drinks, which is why it is important to have a variety of healthy and healthy snacks and beverages in your vending machine. Click here to learn more about vending machines for a healthier lifestyle or give us a call at 855-929-1085.
Companies Who Make Employee Health a Priority Show Enormous ROI
For many people who wish to live healthier lifestyles, one of the biggest obstacles has always been the workplace. Depending on how busy your days are, you may not necessarily have time to run to the nearest healthy source of food during your lunch hour. Fast food, which is among the least healthiest food possible, may be the best option. Worse yet, even companies that have traditionally said that they encourage healthy activities in their employees usually stock vending machines filled with high calorie, low quality items for those workers to consume. The snack vending machine has long been the bane of existence to everyone who just wants to watch what they eat and lose a little weight while on the job.
That is, until now. Research has indicated that companies that make an active effort to make employee health a priority are showing an enormous return on investment when these types of programs are initiated in conjunction with a Healthy Vending Machine.
Vending machines in general are notorious for dispensing foods that are high in trans fats, filled to the brim with synthetic ingredients and include other unhealthy qualities that make it difficult to eat right while at work. Many vending machine manufacturers have started offering nutritious alternatives that are designed only to vend low fat, low carbohydrate and low sugar products. These are not limited to snacks – these can include drinks and even full meals depending on the specifics of the program in question.
The return on investment that companies are seeing for making employee health a priority falls into a few different categories depending on the situation. The most obvious is that employer health insurance premiums are directly related to the health of their workers. If your employees are only making poor food decisions all day, premiums will eventually go up as a result. Studies have indicated that not only are these premiums not going up, but they’re actually being lowered in many cases. Many employers have created employee-driven health groups designed to manage these initiatives in the workplace.
Additionally, the vending machines themselves are becoming a viable source of income for many businesses. Employees who are already trying to live health conscious lifestyles are enthusiastically using these types of machines at a higher frequency than ever.
One great example of this type of program in action is Vending.com’s Healthy Vending program. Vending.com is a vending machine manufacturer that has been in operation since 1931. In addition to selling specially designed vending machines that dispense food, snacks, coffee and everything in between, they are also doing their part to promote healthy eating in the workplace by way of the Healthy Vending program.