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New Yorkers You Are What you Eat

Are you emotionally engaged…with your food? Recent research by Mid Adult Woman Eating Healthy Breakfastthe Center for Food Integrity and the Harvard Business Review suggest you are.
In the December 15, 2015 issue of Food Business News, Keith Nunes writes an editorial that draws on the research of both of the above organizations. In his article titled, “The Role of ‘Emotional Engagement’ in Food Marketing” Nunes shares that consumers:
1. Want to be able to engage with a brand (think website Q/A, Twitter and Instagram)
2. Are seeking products that make them feel good about themselves and their decisions
3. Connect emotionally with brands when they resonate with their deepest emotional drives, including the desire to feel secure, to stand out from the crowd or be the person they want to be
4. View what they eat as more than substance
How Does This Affect Your Vending and/or Food and Beverage Program?

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As more research becomes available on emotional engagement with food and as consumers continue to become more educated on how the food they eat is produced and where it is grown expect to see your favorite snacks with new labels and in some cases new recipes (think no artificial flavors or colors, gluten free, organic, etc.)
And if it is true that snacks and more than snacks, that snacks are now a way to define ourselves; ask yourself not only what does your personal snacking say about you and your priorities, but what does the food you offer your New York City employees say about your company and your company’s priorities.
In other words, if you are what you eat, what do you want to be? Do you want your New York City company to prioritize cost, health, choice? Do you want to be known for quality, for offering the best, for being the best, for being on top of trends?
If yes to any of the above  we invite you to call us and speak to one of our team members about creating a snack and beverage program that defines you the way you want to be defined. Call Healthy Vending New York today at 917.572.3671 for a free no-obligation consultation of your break room needs.

What Makes Food ‘Healthy’? KIND Calls On The FDA For A Better Definition

Most people want to be healthy in New York City. But one of the iStock_000010677573XSmallhardest things about following a healthy diet is that as the market for healthy food has grown, food marketers have used the term “healthy” very loosely. Refreshment service companies face this problem every day when trying to decide what food and refreshments to provide their customers.
For refreshment service professionals who specialize in “healthy” food in New York City and throughout the country, it is especially important that the food and refreshment be healthy in the truest sense of the word. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has tried to regulate the use of the term “healthy.” Let’s consider how a product earns the right to be labeled “healthy” according to government regulations.
The FDA mandates that the term “healthy” be used as a nutrient content claim to describe foods that contain 3g or less total fat and 1g or less of saturated fat per serving, with the exception of fish and meat, which are required by the regulation to have 5g or less total fat and 2g or less saturated fat per serving.
Is this a good definition? Many would agree with this definition, but the matter is open to debate.
KIND, a manufacturer of snacks that are gluten-free and made from non-genetically engineered ingredients, is urging the FDA to update its regulations around the term “healthy” when used as a nutrient content claim in food labeling. The company filed a petition with the goal of addressing outdated regulations, as well as helping to ensure that the public receives sound and consistent guidance about nutrition.

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KIND wants better alignment between food labeling regulations, the latest nutrition science and federal dietary guidelines. The petition reflects broad support within the food science and nutrition community to call attention to the importance of eating real foods made with wholesome and nutrient-rich ingredients as part of a healthy diet.
Today’s regulation precludes nutrient-rich foods such as nuts, avocados, olives and salmon from using the term “healthy” as a nutrient content claim. This is something KIND would like to see changed.
“KIND, with the support from top global nutrition and public health experts, is respectfully urging the FDA to update its current regulations surrounding the use of the word ‘healthy’ as a nutrient content claim. Our goal is to highlight the importance of following a healthy diet that includes foods made with wholesome and nutrient-dense ingredients,” says Daniel Lubetzky, founder and CEO of KIND.
The current regulations were created with the best intentions when Raisons and nutsthe available science supported dietary recommendations limiting total fat intake, Lubetzky says. However, current science tells us that unsaturated fats in nutrient-dense foods like nuts, seeds and certain fish are beneficial to overall health.
In addition to requesting updates to the current nutrient content claim regulations, KIND is also asking the FDA to implement a new framework for regulating dietary guidance statements.
Today in New York City and throughout the country regulations require that the majority of foods featuring a healthy nutrient content claim meet “low fat” and “low saturated fat” standards regardless of their nutrient density. Foods such as certain fat-free puddings and sugary cereals have the ability to use the word “healthy” as a nutrient content claim on their labels.
While healthy food is important, there is still work to be done to arrive at a consensus on what makes a product “healthy.”
These discussions will continue for a long time as nutrition research expands and science learns more about the impact products have on human health.
It is important that food and refreshment service providers give customers all available nutrition information about the products they offer. That’s one feature of a truly professional service specialist. Call Healthy Vending NY today at 917.572.3671 for a free no-obligation consultation of your break room needs.

Gallup Poll Finds More Consumers Have Healthier Eating Habits; Healthy Vending Helps New Yorkers Meet Their Goals

Consumers in New York and elsewhere are following healthier diets, beautiful brunette holding apples applesaccording to a recent Gallup Poll. The poll found consumers are more likely to avoid soda than 14 other foods, including sugar and fat. At least six in 10 U.S. adults say they are trying to steer clear of soda altogether.
This is good news for everyone in New York. When people follow healthier diets, they live longer and they are more productive. As a result, everyone wins. Employers pay less for health insurance. Government spends less of our tax dollars on health care. Taxpayers face fewer tax increases to pay for health care costs.
It is a drastic change from 15 years ago. Consumers are far more likely today (61%) than in 2002 (41%) to say they are avoiding soda.
Likewise, the percentage of who actively include soda in their diet has dropped since 2002, from 36% to 22%.
It is not only regular soda consumers are avoiding. They are also avoiding diet soda out of concern for artificial sweeteners. In this year’s poll, Gallup asked half of the respondents about diet soda and the other half about regular soda. The results were nearly identical, with 61% saying they avoid regular soda and 62% saying the same for diet soda.
lg_Annies Bunny Friends - angle shotDoctors advise that lower-calorie and natural beverages, such as skim milk or water, are healthier choices than soda.
The poll also found consumers have become more likely to avoid sugar. In 2002, 43% were avoiding sugar compared to 50% in 2015.
In addition, consumers have recognized the benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables. The Gallup Poll reports that at least nine in 10 consumers try to include both fruits and vegetables in their diet. At least three in four try to include chicken and fish in their diet. Nutrition experts often recommend chicken and fish to help with heart health, in lieu of beef and other red meat.
Healthy Vending applauds the progress New Yorkers are making in following healthier lifestyles.
But there is still work to do. The vast majority of consumers in New York and elsewhere say they are trying to follow healthier eating habits. But they are not always able to meet their goals, hard as they may try. One reason is that the healthy choices are not always readily available. This is especially true in today’s New York, where workers are often eating on the run.
We launched Healthy Vending in 2000 to help New Yorkers who wanted to maintain healthy diets and consume less calories. One of the most unique aspects about our company is that we provide these healthy products conveniently for consumers. Healthy Vending only carries those products that are part of what most consumers consider to be a healthy diet.
For more information about healthy snack and beverage options available to the vending industry, contact your New York City vending partner, Healthy Vending, at 917-572-3671 to discuss your customized break room solution.

At Long Last: Obesity Rates Start To Fall, But More Needs To Be Done In New York City

Better eating habits are starting to make a difference in New York cliff-barCity and the rest of America. For the first time in decades, obesity rates have leveled off for adults and school aged children, according to a recent New York Times data analysis. For younger children, obesity has actually declined. The amount of full calorie soda consumed has fallen by 25 percent since the late 1990s.
What accounts for this good news? Health experts say people have started to realize they were consuming too many calories.
The government organized public health campaigns in response to reports showing obesity was taking its toll on the American population. “I think people are hearing the message, and diet is slowly improving,” said Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, the dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.
This is a major piece of good news for New York consumers. Healthy Vending applauds the work that the scientific community, public service agencies and nutritionists have done to reverse the obesity epidemic. The improvement is the result of decades of hard work.
In 1999, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a paper in The Journal of the American Medical Association that turned into something of a blockbuster. The paper illustrated worsening obesity rates in the 1980s and 1990s in all 50 states.
Shortly afterward, then surgeon general Dr. David Satcher issued a report — “Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity.” This 2001 report summarized the evidence that obesity was a risk factor for several chronic diseases. He said controlling children’s weight should be a priority to prevent the onset of obesity-related illnesses.
iStock_000008958217XSmallWe launched Healthy Vending in 2000 to support New York consumers who wanted to maintain healthy diets and consume less calories. Healthy Vending became one of the companies committed to the battle against obesity.
Gradually, our message began to take hold.
By 2003, 60 percent of Americans said they wanted to lose weight, according to the Gallup Organization, up from 52 percent in 1990 and 35 percent in the 1950s.
The Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010, required chain restaurants to publish the calorie content of their meals. The government also required healthier school lunches.
Beverage companies began marketing diet drinks and invested in new products with less calories, including iced teas and flavored water.
There is still work to do. Kevin Hall, a researcher at the National Institutes of Health, estimated that for Americans to return to the body weights of 1978 by 2020, an average adult will have to reduce calorie consumption by 220 calories a day. The recent reductions represent just a fraction of that change.
Health Vending stands ready to help in the effort to improve the environment for those New Yorkers who want to follow healthy lifestyles. One of the most unique aspects about our company is that we provide these healthy products conveniently for consumers.
For more information about healthy snack and beverage options available to the vending industry, contact your New York City vending partner, Healthy Vending, at 917-572-3671 to discuss your customized break room solution.

Offering Bottled Water In Your New York City Break Room

The findings of a November 2014 survey, conducted for the iStock_000015884027MediumInternational Bottled Water Association suggest that the Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC) was not far off the mark when they announced that bottled water is on course to become the number one packaged beverage in America by 2016.
Some of the surveys key findings included that:
• 96% of Americans (based on the 2,000 U.S. adults surveyed) believed we should drink more water
• 95% think that bottled water is a healthier alternative to soft drinks
• 92% believe that bottled water should be available wherever other beverages are sold
• 55% listed bottled water as being among their preferred beverages
• 91% listed health considerations (like calorie intake) as at least somewhat important when deciding on a beverage to consume
These numbers although interesting are not as important as these:
• 70% of your body is composed of water and every function, including brain activity is dependent on it
54ea7fe1bc68a_-_h-wd0409-smart-water-3• Your brain is about 85% water
• The average person in the U.S drinks less than 32oz of water a day, even though, according to the Mayo Clinic the average adult loses 80oz of water a day through sweating, breathing and eliminating waste
• Water gives the brain the electrical energy for all brain functions, including thought and memory processes.
• Water gives the brain the electrical energy for all brain functions, including thought and memory processes. When your brain is functioning on a full reserve of water, you will be able to think faster, be more focused and experience greater clarity and creativity.
So what do all of these numbers mean for your workplace? They mean that your employees are craving healthier drinking options, especially filtered water, and if you make them readily available to them you are not only going to have happier employees but better hydrated more productive employees.
Call Healthy Vending New York today at 917.572.3671 to discuss your customized break room solution. And when you need bottled water, for meetings at your New York City location, for guests or for company outings, keep in mind one other trend: consumers prefer to purchase bottled water in cost-saving volume. Purchase it from us at a very competitive price and save yourself the heavy lifting.

New York Vending Providers Embracing Healthy Products in Newer and Better Ways

Common negative stigmas are associated with vending machines. 107Can’t think of any? We’re sure you can but just in case you can’t here are a few:
• They steal your money or don’t take your money
• Product gets stuck
• They only offer junk food
To combat these negative images the vending industry has:
• Embraced cashless technology
• Installed SureVend technology – using infrareds to detect whether or not a product has vended, ensuring your employees either get their product or their money back
• Added healthy beverages and snack options to our product lines.
Perhaps the greatest advances have been in regards to point #3. homepage_slide_3-popchips-bags11Fitnessmagazine.com listed 10 healthy vending machine snacks that were low fat or fat free including: baked chips, kale chips, pretzels, dried fruit, Cliff bars and even some gluten free cookies.
Although the acknowledgement that it’s possible to find healthy snacks in vending machines is appreciated, this list fails to do justice to the vast variety of healthy alternative options available in vending today.
If we were to make our own list it would include some of the following products:
• Gluten free items
• Organic items
• Vegan items
• Beef jerky
• Be Kind bars
• Go Picnics
• Trail mixes
• PopChips
• Coconut water
• Sparkling water
• Fresh fruit
This list could continue for quite a bit longer but to save your scroll finger let’s just say this: healthy and vending are no longer antonyms but synonyms. Vending machines have progressed with the times and so have the products they offer.
For more information on healthy snack and beverage options available to the vending industry contact your New York City vending provider, HealthyVendingNY.com at 917.572.3671 today!