Mario Murillo, a Miami-based health activist, is transforming his community by filling the gap between the real food movement and the vending industry. Murillo
Online PR News – 26-September-2012 – Miami, Fla. – The Real Food Movement has found a stable home in Miami with celebrity famers, health activists and local food producers coming together to make access to healthful whole foods the norm. Mario Murillo, a franchisor with HUMAN Healthy Vending – the nation’s leading franchisor of socially-responsible healthy vending machine businesses -- is at the forefront of this movement and is transforming his community by placing quality real food in his healthy vending machines. Murillo has teamed up with celebrity farmer and entrepreneur Gabriele Marewski of Paradise Farms Organic to vend healthful snacks sourced from her organic farm. He is also sourcing local, organic and gluten-free food products from URAWK and Om Nom Nom.
Since launching his healthy vending business in May, Murillo has been welcomed into the community and is currently working with Miami-based Gulliver Schools -- a co-educational private college preparatory school with an international and national reputation for excellence -- and the Miami Children’s Hospital, which is routinely ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the nation, to bring healthful foods to their locations. Murillo recently held a nutrition education and sampling event at the school and Murillo found the reception to be “galvanizing.” He is now in discussion with other local private schools as well as colleges, hotels, offices, condominiums and community centers interested in having his revolutionary HUMAN Healthy Vending machines on their premises.
“I am deeply committed to making Miami a more healthful place to live and work and know that my partnership with HUMAN Healthy Vending, as well as with farmer Marewski and local food producers, will allow something revolutionary to take place here.”
Murillo is relatively new to Miami but has quickly become known in the community for his genuine passion for health activism. He volunteers with local non-profit Youth L.E.A.D. Miami and is an active member of the Consortium for a Healthier Miami Dade’s Committee for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.
“While I am a somewhat new to Miami, I am the son of an Operation Pedro Pan child refugee from Cuba, have a grandmother who sought refuge in Miami from early 1960‘s Cuba, and I now plan to raise a family here – so you can say I have roots here and am now building upon them,” said Murillo. “I am deeply committed to making Miami a more healthful place to live and work and know that my partnership with HUMAN Healthy Vending, as well as with farmer Marewski and local food producers, will allow something revolutionary to take place here.”
About HUMAN Healthy Vending
HUMAN (Helping Unite Mankind and Nutrition) Healthy Vending’s mission is to make healthy food more convenient than junk food. HUMAN accomplishes this by placing high-tech and eco-friendly vending machines that only vend better-for-you foods and drinks, including fresh produce and locally-sourced foods, in schools, hospitals, gyms and corporate locations across the world. In addition to providing healthful food options, HUMAN machines provide nutrition education via high-definition LCD screens that display streaming videos and other digital content. HUMAN currently has over 1200 machines placed across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
HUMAN Healthy Vending has been ranked by Entrepreneur as one of its “Top 100 Brilliant Companies” and by Forbes as one of “America’s Most Promising Companies.”
HUMAN is proud to use 10% of its proceeds to fund its non-profit charity arm, HUMAN Everywhere. HUMAN Everywhere’s mission is to leverage the power of social entrepreneurship to improve the nation’s collective health by increasing access to nutrition education and healthful foods while advocating for public policy that contributes to these goals.