Fighting the Vending Machine War in Our Schools

photo credit: www.popchips.comThere’s a new way for kids to snack on the run, after school, between practices, or through out the day at school. Finally someone has decided to take on the vending machines war and say enough is enough. The change in this world’s mind-set and ideas about food consumption has got to start somewhere and now! Children spend most of their time in school and that’s where they seem to be consuming the most junk, processed foods, high fructose corn syrup, and everything else with NO nutritional value.

The idea that it’s cheap and can produced for the masses is what is continuing to fuel the fire for childhood diabetes and obesity. We’ve all been looking to Jaime Oliver to change not only the way this country eats, but also the world. Little by little and as much diversion, road blocks, and brick walls he’s slammed into, I’m in awe of his success and achievements. (Could also be my small obsession with him too) 🙂

But also finding a way into the school system and making a difference by inventing the Goodie Monster, is a group from Portland, Oregon. They’ve figured out how to make a huge difference in schools and in the food department just by making the tiniest change. Showing that it doesn’t have to be chocolate bars and candy as the afternoon snack, there are healthier options to help ids feel fuller, eat more nutritious, and guaranteed to give them more energy for their after school activity.

Stuffed inside these vending machines, you’ll find pop chips, Kind, Luna, Lara, and Clif bars. raisins, Justin’s Nut butters, and my kid’s personal favorite “Pirates Booty.” And the vending machine…so stinking cute, kids love it, it’s perfect! Every school should have one!! The soda machines and constant junk should be replaced with better choices. It all starts with a small change to cause a ripple effect.

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Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

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