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Reducing obesity with healthy vending machines

There are half a million vending machines around the UK dispensing up to 7 billion items every year. The machines are very popular amongst people of all ages including children, teenagers, adults and even the elderly. They are very convenient in that you can choose a couple of snacks and drinks when you are in a rush and do not have time for a proper meal. They are often found in waiting areas where you may be sitting for long periods of time and when in need of a quick snack or a drink they provide a range of tasty options. Unfortunately these options may be satisfying to eat, but they are often bad for your health. This is because most vending machines across the UK are traditional vending machines. This means that they are loaded with chocolate bars, crisps, salted nuts and fizzy drinks. These foods and drinks have little or no nutritional value, they satisfy you for a short amount of time and they have lasting effects on your health. If you enjoy the occasional chocolate bar, crisps or fizzy drink then you are safe, but if you are regularly using your vending machine for snacks like these then you will be putting a strain on your body and increasing your chances of developing a range of chronic health issues.

The issue of obesity in the UK

As most of us are aware, obesity is a very big issue in the UK. The government has been trying hard to tackle obesity, as studies show that 25% of adults in England are obese and almost 40% are overweight but not obese. Obesity causes many life-threatening diseases. This includes increased cholesterol and high blood pressure which results in all types of cardiovascular disease. Obesity increases the chance of developing type 2 diabetes. It can also increase your chance of developing certain types of cancer. It is very important to maintain a healthy weight and unfortunately traditional vending machines can have the opposite effect. They are often placed where there is high footfall and people walking past are tempted by their bright colours, big selection and affordable prices.

Healthy vending machines

If you have a traditional vending machine on your premises then you need to find out about having it replaced and installing a healthy vending machine instead. Healthy vending machines work in exactly the same way as traditional ones, however, as the name suggests they are designed to provide healthy food options when people are out of time and on the go. Healthy vending machines replace chocolate bars and crisps with fruit and vegetable filled delicious snacks and treats. Speak to us at The Jar and find out about healthy machines that can be delivered directly to you. We will instal the machine on your behalf and stock it with either our best-selling products or products tailored to the needs of your venue. With our healthy food dispensers you can help promote good health and wellbeing, and reduce obesity and weight gain in the people around you. Speak to us at The Jar today and find out more.

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