Austin Health Expert and Entrepreneur Anne Reynolds Roberts Takes on Junk Food in Vending Machines

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Expert Food Toxin Opponent Inspired to Address Poor Vending Choices in Greater Austin Market and Launches Vend Natural Program in Greater Austin Market

Anne Roberts with Healthy Vending Machine

I know the ill effects of toxins and chemicals in our food. They don't belong where our kids are educated or where we work and play.

Longstanding health expert and entrepreneur Anne Reynolds Robertson is saying no to junk food and has launched a healthy vending business in the greater Austin market as a distributor of Vend Natural’s Healthy Vending program (http://www.vendnatural.com). Inspired by the opportunity to bring healthy snacks and beverages to schools, community centers and hospitals in the area, Anne now operates healthy vending machines in area middle schools and will soon add machines in a private school, youth center and a university. Vend Natural’s Healthy Vending Program offers local distributor partners with machines, products, such as smoothies, soymilk, fruit, vegetables, granola bars, baked chips and natural sodas, and service, all customized to meet the needs of the local market.

“With my passion and experience in understanding the effects of toxins and chemicals in our food, healthy vending appealed to me as a way to further impact our community in a positive way,” said Robertson. “As an entrepreneur with a strong orientation on health and wellness, I am so pleased to be in a business where my values align with my work. Vend Natural’s program allowed me to do just that.”

Anne Reynolds Robertson currently operates machines in Hill Country Middle School (Eanes School District), where all four of her children graduated, and will be installing new machines at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, West Austin Youth Association and Huston Tillotson University. Today at Hill Middle School, kids are snacking on veggie straws, pretzel crisps, pistachios, popcorn and orange juice instead of chips, candy bars and soda.

Robertson, a mother of four, first became inspired to learn about the connection between food and health when she moved into a new house with her husband and young children where several members of the previous family had passed away. With cancer on both sides of her family and a strong curiosity to understand the connection between toxins and health, Robertson began engaging with organizations aimed at educating the public about the risk of toxins and chemical exposures on health. This work has become a driving force in her life and today, in addition to operating her growing healthy vending business, she serves on the boards of the Sustainable Food Center (http://www.sustainablefoodcenter.org), Health Code (http://www.healthcode.org), Mt. Sinai’s Children Environmental Health Center (http://www.cehcenter.org), My Safety Nest (http://www.mysafetynest.org) and the Chemical Footprint Project (http://www.chemicalfootprint.org).

Speaking about the addition of Robertson to the Vend Natural Healthy Vending family, CEO William H. Carpenter, Jr. said, “Anne is passionate about health and truly understands how what we eat and drink affects our health. You combine her dedication to raising awareness about these issues with her strong acumen as a businesswoman, and you have a terrific distributor/partner for our company. We support Anne in any way we can, said Carpenter.

Vend Natural (http://www.vendnatural.com), the oldest healthy vending company in the industry, specializes in providing colleges, universities, municipalities, schools, hospitals and businesses with healthier snacks and drinks to combat skyrocketing rates of obesity for both adults and teenagers. Vend Natural’s array of healthy snacks and drinks are available in their state-of-the-art dual-zone machines – that carry both snacks and chilled drinks. The high-tech and brightly colored Vend Natural machines carry a wide selection of both refrigerated drinks and ambient temperature snacks such as all natural chips and popcorn, low fat health bars, natural coconut water and more. The product assortment also includes a full range of gluten-free, sugar free, high protein and lower fat products as well an assortment of fresh fruits, yogurt, organic fruit smoothies, cottage cheese and hummus.

About Vend Natural
Vend Natural, which today operated machines coast to coast, is America’s oldest and fastest-growing healthy snacking company and is based in Annapolis, Maryland. The company was inspired by the vision of helping to transform eating patterns by providing healthy snacking alternatives in convenient vending locations across America. Specializing in placements in schools, hospitals and businesses, the company’s commitment to growth is based on selecting sound locations, highly motivated distributors who share the vision for a healthier America and attracting, retaining and delighting customers who discover healthier products at exceptional values.For more information, visit http://www.vendnatural.com.

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