San Diego, CA [February 15, 2007] — With 17 percent of children overweight and the instances of childhood obesity climbing each year, the childrens health crisis in the United States is no secret. YoNaturals offers a way to curb and reduce this problem through the implementation of healthy vending machines in schools across the nation.
The YoZone vending machine provides only natural and organic snacks and beverages, including smoothies, fruit, Vitamin Water, snack bars and vegetable chips. YoZone items have all been taste-tested by students and meet state school nutrition guidelines.
Especially alarming is the fact that overweight and obese children usually become even more obese in adulthood, and are at risk for major health problems like diabetes and high blood pressure.
"Child obesity is a serious problem in this country and must be addressed; and one simple step is eliminating junk food from school vending machines. School districts now have a healthy option with YoNaturals and their YoZone machine and the time for change is now!" said Dr. Roy Vartabedian, the New York Times best-selling author of the Nutripoints Program, and nutritional advisor and product consultant for YoNaturals.
According to a 2004 National Gallup Youth Survey, 67 percent of high school age students said they bought junk food from vending machines at school. Two national surveys completed the previous year found that more than 90 percent of parents and teachers favored converting the contents of vending machines in schools to healthy foods and beverages. Unfortunately nothing was ever done.
Vending usage will not stop; because of YoNaturals the choices children have can.
So far, more than 43 states across the nation have enacted or introduced legislation to kick out such junk food and improve school nutrition. Typical vending machines filled with soda and candy will not meet such guidelines.
Yet, kids will always love to snack. The YoZone machines allow schools to keep the convenience and popularity of vending, by filling their machines with good tasting products that meet state nutrition standards. While some are resistant to change, evidence indicates children would not necessarily be opposed to healthier snacks. "People have this idea that kids wont eat healthy foods," said Margo Wootan, director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. "If you offer children good tasting healthy choices they will eat them."