Social Enterprise Promoting Health and Nutrition for Kids

Jan 10, 2012 11:41 AM ET
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Posted by Vikas Vij

Helping Unite Mankind and Nutrition (HUMAN) is an innovative social enterprise based out of California that has come out with a unique way to fight childhood obesity. Andy Mackensen, the co-founder of HUMAN Healthy Vending and a self-described social entrepreneur, has a clear focus that the problem of obesity can be rooted out when children are kept away from obesity.

HUMAN has introduced a line of vending machines that help make health food products accessible in public places such as community centers, hospitals and gymnasiums. HUMAN ensures that the machines themselves are energy efficient and eco-friendly, and apart from other places, they are placed in one of the key battlegrounds in the war against childhood obesity: schools.

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Vikas is a staff writer for the Sustainable Development news and editorial section on Justmeans. He is an MBA with 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience and global travel. He is the author of "The Power of Money" (Scholars, 2003), a book that presents a revolutionary monetary economic theory on poverty alleviation in the developing world. Vikas is also the official writer for an international social project for developing nations "Decisions for Life" run in collaboration between the ILO, the University of Amsterdam and the Indian Institute of Management.