For most people the primary use of vending machines is convenience and necessity, this is exacerbated whilst in the workplace. In a recent post, we discussed how vending machines were the ‘meal’ option available to NHS staff, and this sentiment can be replicated across busy offices buildings across the country. However, the traditional vending model includes; chocolate, crisps, sweets, and fizzy, sugar-packed drinks. Therein lies the problem, that if the UK’s workforce is dependent on unhealthy food, packed full of empty calories, then, as a result, the workforce itself will clearly become less and less healthy and efficient.
For a number of reasons, the UK’s attitude to vending has been that of an easy and convenient way to get snacks that are fundamentally bad for you and have no real nutritious value. Given how the world has moved on in recent years – placing such value on convenience and health – it would be easy to assume that vending would gradually move with the times and deliver healthy snacks at the tap of a card. However, as our blog about vending in hospitals proves, it hasn’t. Now vending machines can be the only nutritional option for staff, it is crucial that there are at least some healthy options.
The attitude is beginning to change – as people who live hectic and busy lives see the value and convenience of having healthy options at the click of a button. Likewise, large companies, CEO’s, and Government departments have seen the cost of unhealthy diets to the UK economy and the NHS – leading them to question where, how and what people are eating. At Healthy Nibbles we see it as our responsibility to enable healthier choices for individual people and provide dietary solutions for businesses and services so that they can improve the health of their staff. Healthy vending is now regarded as a crucial step to improving the health and wellbeing of people in the UK – having it in workplaces could play a huge role in ‘tackling obesity’ for people across the county.
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