New Franchise for Military Veterans Tackles America’s Obesity Crisis

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Military veterans across the nation are becoming health and nutrition activists by starting a veteran-owned franchise with HUMAN Healthy Vending (http://www.healthyvending.com) – the nation’s leading franchisor of socially-responsible healthy vending machine businesses.

I believe that veterans are uniquely suited for solving the nation’s most pressing challenges and this makes them incredible entrepreneurs. I believe starting a HUMAN franchise is a great business opportunity for veterans as well as a benefit to HUMAN.

Military veterans across the nation are becoming health and nutrition activists by starting a veteran-owned franchise with HUMAN Healthy Vending (http://www.healthyvending.com) – the nation’s leading franchisor of socially-responsible healthy vending machine businesses.

To honor its current veteran franchisees and operators, and in light of “Mission: Readiness,” a nonprofit group consisting of 300 of the nation’s retired military leaders who want to tackle junk food vending, HUMAN Healthy Vending is now offering discounted machine pricing to current members of the US Military (any branch) as well as those veterans who have received an honorable discharge from a branch of the US Military and would like to start a healthy vending business.

HUMAN Healthy Vending co-founder Andy Mackensen is a former Naval Officer and Fast Boat Commander who successfully led numerous counter-terrorist Special Forces operations during the Iraq War. “I believe that veterans are uniquely suited for solving the nation’s most pressing challenges and this makes them incredible entrepreneurs. I believe starting a HUMAN franchise is a great business opportunity for veterans as well as a benefit to HUMAN since all veterans on our team have been incredible leaders in their communities,” said Mackensen.

HUMAN Healthy Vending is offering current members of the US Military (any branch) as well as those veterans who have received an honorable discharge from a branch of the US Military the option of paying an Initial Franchise Fee in exchange for discounted machine pricing for the life of their franchise. In addition, these veterans will receive a 10% discount off that Initial Franchise Fee.

Corban Bates, a former Platoon Leader in the Army and HUMAN partner operating in Houston, Texas, first became passionate about nutrition while he was in the army. “I watched my Soldiers fill their bodies with tons of junk food. In an effort to find ways to improve their overall health, I searched for ways to improve their nutrition without much effort on their part. I realized that health food was nowhere to be found in any convenient places. As soon as I found out about HUMAN Healthy Vending, I knew I wanted to get on board."

Ruben Ayala is a former US Army Special Forces Officer (aka "Green Beret") who operates his HUMAN Healthy Vending business out of San Antonio, Texas. Ayala has HUMAN machines at the YMCA Association of Greater San Antonio, The Aveda Institute and Castle Hills First Baptist School. “HUMAN is a great medium that will help any motivated veteran seeking a business model that is currently being proven in the market,” said Ayala. “Veterans are always looking for a great team to be a part of. That is a cornerstone that makes our military great. From what I have seen thus far, that is the environment that is being created amongst the HUMAN landscape.”

Bradley Glass, a former Naval Special Operations Diver, operates his business in Northville, Michigan. “The teamwork and family approach I have observed firsthand at HUMAN HB3 was the closest I have been to such greatness since I left the elite Military Special Operations Community,” said Glass.

In its recent report, Still Too Fat to Fight, the nonprofit Mission: Readiness, which is run by retired military leaders, found that roughly 25 percent of young adults ages 17 to 24 are too overweight to qualify for military service and it targeted junk food vending machines in schools as a contributor to this problem. HUMAN Healthy Vending veteran franchise owners look forward to ensuring that junk food vending machines are replaced with healthy vending and that healthful food options become the norm in schools all over the world.

About HUMAN Healthy Vending

HUMAN (Helping Unite Mankind and Nutrition) Healthy Vending’s mission is to make healthy food more convenient than junk food. HUMAN accomplishes this by placing high-tech and eco-friendly vending machines that only vend better-for-you foods and drinks, including fresh produce and locally-sourced foods, in schools, hospitals, gyms and corporate locations across the world. In addition to providing healthful food options, HUMAN machines provide nutrition education via high-definition LCD screens that display streaming videos and other digital content. HUMAN currently has over 1200 machines placed across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

HUMAN Healthy Vending has been ranked by Entrepreneur as one of its “Top 100 Brilliant Companies” and by Forbes as one of “America’s Most Promising Companies.”

HUMAN is proud to use 10% of its proceeds to fund its non-profit charity arm, HUMAN Everywhere. HUMAN Everywhere’s mission is to leverage the power of social entrepreneurship to improve the nation’s collective health by increasing access to nutrition education and healthful foods while advocating for public policy that contributes to these goals.

To learn more, go to: http://www.healthyvending.com.

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