Snack Attack!

Last week, MRH launched a new vending machine program aimed at providing healthier choices for not only our employees but for patient families. While the traditional vending machine fare is candy, pop, and chips, the tide is turning in many companies and hospitals. According to the Snack Food Association (yes, there is a Snack Food Association--who knew?), 74% of customers are trying to eat healthier, and the growth of healthier vending foods is outpacing those traditional goodies by 4 to 1. Multiple studies have reported significant growth in an organization's vending profits, just by offering healthier choices.

What should you be looking for when you get the munchies? According to the Ohio Hospital Association, try to keep snack items:

  • under 200 calories (keep in mind this is for one serving, many snack items are two or more servings!)

  • zero grams trans fat

  • less than 230 mg sodium

  • sugar less than 10 grams

  • and at least 2 grams of fiber if the item is grain based, like a granola bar.

Here are some ideas for healthy vending choices, many of which are available in our new machines!

Baked! Lays Originals

Sun Chips Original (high in whole grains)

Skinny Pop

Cliff Bars

Kashi Bars

Fiber One Bars

Pure Protein Bars

Plantars Peanuts

Nature Valley Granola Bars

Peanut M&Ms

Sugar free/unsweetened beverages/flavored water

Get the facts BEFORE you buy. Our new vending machines, from Mark Mackey at Marks Vending (contact him at also feature a cool digital nutrition facts panel that you can look at before you purchase the item.

#snacks #hearthealth #vending

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