Fresh produce: Another way to “totally transform” teens? - The Packer

Fresh produce: Another way to “totally transform” teens?

06/27/2013 04:23:00 PM
Tom Karst

Teens like Katie Stagliano, 14, honored at last September’s Clinton Global Citizen Awards and a speaker at last year’s Midwest Produce Conference & Expo, can inspire both her peers and her elders.

Stagliano’s nonprofit organization starts and maintains vegetable gardens and donates the harvest to help feed people in need.

For all those radio ads to stop defiant teen behavior, with “parent-proven” programs, perhaps one of the best things we can do for our teens is to create an environment with ample encouragement and modeling for physical activity and fruit and vegetable consumption.

This is another reason why USDA efforts to improve nutrition for school meals and for food sold at schools is deserving our strongest support.

When communication breaks down about the inner world of our teens, at least we can talk fresh produce. When words fail about awkward topics, we can at least agree on the wonders of the honeycrisp apple and the white-flesh peach.

And that’s something.

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