This week, PreventObesity.net sat down with Leader and social entrepreneur Nathan Winger to talk about how his childhood experiences, his work and being a father has helped him become a better advocate for health in his community and family. Connect with Nathan through his PreventObesity.net Leader profile here.
Name: Nathan Winger
Organization: H.U.M.A.N. Healthy Vending
What inspired you to start working on childhood obesity?
Since I was born in 1983, the obesity percentage in Utah has nearly tripled and there is no way I can idly stand by and let that percentage continue to rise, and let my kids grow up in an environment where obesity becomes the norm. I have been taught all my life that you only get one body and how you take care of it will play a large part on what you accomplish in life. We have complete control over what we allow ourselves to eat, and I believe a lot of health related problems can be eliminated by eating healthy. I want all people of today and future generations to accomplish their goals and dreams, but I believe a lot of those things can only be accomplished if we learn how to take care of our bodies properly.
How are you helping to reverse childhood obesity?
First, I’m setting an example of eating right, being active and teaching my kids the same lessons. Second, I’m partnering with places where people spend most of their time such as work, school, gyms and hospitals―places we can make healthy snacks, drinks and food more convenient than junk food.
What’s your biggest accomplishment so far in helping reduce childhood obesity?
Starting my own H.U.M.A.N. franchise that is completely focused on healthy food and giving back to the community. I partner with locations to provide 100 percent healthy, automated retail units, markets and snack programs to fight obesity and malnutrition.
Who is your role model in your work?
Without question it is Sean Kelly who is the CEO of H.U.M.A.N. His desire to fight obesity and malnutrition is so strong that he was willing to take on the entire vending industry that is known for providing junk food, and completely turn upside-down an industry that has been stagnant for years.
What game or sport did you play growing up?
Growing up my family’s driveway and our next-door neighbor’s driveway were connected, so we had a full-court basketball court that all my friends and I would use relentlessly. If the weather was nice after school we were outside playing basketball.
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