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A Healthy Alternative

Finding a healthy snack or drink in a vending machine can be a bit of a challenge. But the YMCA of the Blue Water Area is partnering with AllStar Services, Inc. to make better options available for their members, staff and the public.

Reflecting the evolving needs of today's consumer and the increased desire for more good- and better-for-you choices on-the-go, the YMCA will be replacing an existing pop machine with a new, state-of-the-art food and beverage vending initiative called “Hello Goodness” in early April.

The Hello Goodness vending machine features a thoughtfully chosen selection of PepsiCo products such as such as Smartfood Delight popcorn, Lay's Oven Baked potato chips, Quaker Real Medleys bars, and Sabra Ready-to-Eat Hummus cups. Beverages will include Naked Juice, Pure Leaf iced tea, and Tropicana Pure Premium juices. In line with the Y’s healthy eating and physical activity standards, pop will no longer be available in the machines.

The Hello Goodness vending machine goes beyond traditional vending, featuring:
• A digital point-of-sale touch screen with product nutritional information
• Suggested food and beverage pairing ideas for different eating occasions throughout the day
• Dual climate-controlled shelving, allowing both warm and cold items to be vended together
• Cashless and digital vending

This change is part of the Y’s overall efforts to promote healthy eating and physical activity in the Blue Water Area. For more information on these efforts, visit For Healthy Kids.