It’s 3 PM and you’re hungry. Sequestered to your desk like a convict on house arrest, you’ve spent the hours between lunch and now tickling your PC’s ten key, while politely disagreeing with your co-worker’s choice of power point theme via email. You haven’t left your station once, so why are you SO hungry? Your brain has been gobbling up glucose like a vacuum cleaner after dog hair. The most important organ in your body needs fuel. Now.
Walking briskly to the company lunch room, you have hope. Maybe this time the woman who stocks the vending machine will have deviated from potato chips and preservative plumped pastries. Maybe this time you’ll walk away from that lunch room and that vending machine, having sacrificed the change from your desk drawer willingly. Maybe this time you’ll actually get some FOOD, instead of a hunk of sugar with an ingredient list so foreign it might as well have been written in Alien…
But just like yesterday and all the days before that, nothing has changed. The case of high fructose corn syrup candy and oil fried corn chips taunt you from their coil posts. You have that same feeling you get when you hopefully unwrap a birthday gift from Grandma, disappointed to discover a glass cat figurine (you are NOT a cat person). If only there was a another way. If only there was a vending machine that swapped out Alien snacks for something REAL.
That’s the way H.U.M.A.N founder Sean Kelly felt after a grueling workout in NYC several years ago. Hungry as hell after kicking his own a$$ at New York Sports Club, he discovered he was surrounded by bleached flower bagel shops and empty calorie soda machines. A light went on. Necessity is the mother of invention and Sean was about to be the answer to his body’s, AND society’s, greatest need.
As he explains in H.U.M.A.N.’s handbook, “The fact was that there was a serious void in the market and it was having a disastrous effect on peoples’ lives. Thoughts of obesity, diabetes, and malnutrition filled my head.”
From there the first H.U.M.A.N. Healthy Vending Machine was born. But it wasn’t without its highs and lows. Sean explains that in 2003 the operation wasn’t “all smiles.” He’s smiling now, however, because without these mistakes H.U.M.A.N. would not be what it is today, Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Top 100 Brilliant Companies of 2011”, Forbes Magazine’s “America’s Most Promising Companies,” and CNN Money’s “10 Generation Next Entrepreneurs to Watch.”
For more about bringing healthy vending, through nutritious drinks and foods, into your workplace (goodbye Vending Machine Lady!), gym, or school, visit the H.U.M.A.N website. I certainly plan to spend some time there and might see if I can get a H.U.M.A.N. in my living room.