United States Naval Academy Selects Vend Natural for Healthy Snacking Program Designed to Provide Healthy Options to Nation’s Midshipmen

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With nearly a third of young Americans today too overweight to join the military and growing healthcare costs to treat obesity among military personnel, the United States Naval Academy is among the first elite military educational institution to adopt a healthy snack and drink program on campus. Vend Natural, America's leading healthy snacking company has been chosen by the US Naval Academy to provide all natural and organic snacks and beverages, including fresh fruits and vegetables, to its midshipment community.

“Our midshipmen have physically and academically demanding schedules and healthy eating is important to them," said Linda Rodrock, of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Business Services Division.

The statistics are staggering. 27 percent of today’s young Americans - ages 17 to 24 – are too overweight to join the military. The Department of Defense spends more than $1 billion annually on medical care associated with excess weight and obesity. In the wake of rising costs from obesity in America and among those in military service, Vend Natural - America’s leading healthy vending company - today announced a contract with the United States Naval Academy to provide healthier, on-the-go snacks and beverages to the midshipmen in the Annapolis, MD undergraduate institution.

Reflecting growing concerns amongst those educating our nation’s military youth, the U.S. Naval Academy is among the first elite military academic institutions to select fast-growing Vend Natural as their healthy vending provider. Vend Natural will provide all-natural and organic snacks and beverages and convenience-packaged fresh fruit and vegetables to the U.S. Naval Academy community.

Vend Natural, founded by company CEO Gil Sanchez, was formed to address the declining health of our nation by providing healthier snacking alternatives to on-the-go individuals at schools, colleges and universities, hospitals and businesses across the nation. The company’s mission is to support improved eating practices by offering healthy products that are easily accessible and affordable to everyone.

“We want our students to have the healthiest choices available to them in their on-campus environment,” said Linda Rodrock, of the U.S. Naval Academy's Business Services Division. “Our midshipmen have physically and academically demanding schedules and healthy eating is important to them," said Rodrock. Vend Natural President and Annapolis resident William H. Carpenter, Jr. was particularly pleased about this new contract.

“We know that our nation’s military requires a level of physical preparedness and good health that many young men and women today do not have based on poor eating and a more sedentary leisure lifestyle,” said Carpenter. “I am so excited that the Naval Academy I know and love – and one of our nation’s leading academic institutions - will now provide the midshipmen and campus community with the best and healthiest on-the-go options. Now, they no longer have to trade good health for convenience,” said Carpenter.

Vend Natural is America’s largest healthy snacking company and is based in Ventura, California and 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, Vend Natural currently operates more than 400 machines in 25 states with plans for significant growth over the next several years. The company is known for its innovative and environmentally-sensitive vending machine design offering state-of-the art, dual temperature-zoned, energy efficient machines that hold a large variety of both natural organic snacks and beverages. Vend Natural is also known for its fresh, bright, signature machine graphics featuring large, appealing illustrations of grapes, raspberries and its tag line, “Energize Your Body.” For more information, visit http://www.vendnatural.com .

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