Marlene is a mom of three adult children, three dogs, and six cats. She works in her school district as an instructional aide for students with special needs. Marlene has had the privilege of working with every age group from preschoolers with Autism to young adults learning life skills.

She is currently working at her largest high school with a very diverse student body of close to 5,000 students. Her Apple watch keeps track of her steps, and on an average day at her large school, she walks at least four miles during her five hour work day to visit students in their classes.  Marlene’s passion is helping students who are at risk of not graduating due to many different reasons.

“I try to keep them on track and focused. I make myself available for whatever they need including help with schoolwork, just to talk, and yes ... I even keep a box of NuGo bars in my desk in case they forget their lunch or need a snack. They LOVE them and often think I’m giving them candy bars.”

Marlene eats gluten-free and dairy-free. She loves NuGo Dark, especially Mint Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Pretzel, and Chocolate Chocolate Chip. When NuGo offers a discount code, she sometimes orders a box of every Dark flavor!  She eats one NuGo bar every day. Marlene either has one with her morning coffee for breakfast, when she gets home from work for her midday snack, or in the evening for dessert.

She used to hide her NuGo Dark bars for herself. However, in recent years, she began sharing them with her family. Her husband and son now eat them and love NuGo Dark Chocolate Coconut and Peanut Butter Cup. Her daughters eat some too. Marlene explained how she first found NuGo Dark.

“I’ve been eating NuGo bars for many years ... I can’t even remember when my addiction started. I do know how it started. I began eating a certain protein bar, not realizing one of the ingredients was making me sick. Once I researched the label and figured out which ingredient it was, I shopped for a new brand. I tried NuGo because I was impressed with the ingredients and the nutrition label. It was love at first bite! I couldn’t believe how yummy it was. It seriously tasted like a candy bar, but even better! I have never gotten tired of them and have handed them out to all of my friends and coworkers over the years. They satisfy my need for dark chocolate and seriously help me to keep my weight in check.”

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