American Specialty Health Inc. has started a healthy vending machine program for employers that are serious about improving employee health.[@@]

American Specialty, San Diego, a company that sells insured alternative health benefit plans and a variety of wellness services, says its HealthyRoads Inc. unit will supply healthy chips, nuts, nutrition bars and drinks for employers that are willing to install and maintain their own healthy vending machines.

Employers can use HealthyRoads vending machine vouchers as incentives for employees to participate in wellness programs, American Specialty says.

American Specialty says it replaced the junk food in the vending machines at its own headquarters with healthy food in 2001.