Obesity is among the most serious threats to our nation’s youth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of children and adolescents affected by obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s. Data from 2015-16 show that 20.6% of young people ages 12-19 suffer from obesity.
A key factor in youth obesity is lack of access to fresh, wholesome foods. The link between poor nutrition and chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes is well known, and healthy diets are essential for our lifelong physical well-being.
As part of our company’s social purpose and Give-Join-Care initiative, our Apple a Day program aims to inspire better nutrition and address obesity rates in young people – one apple at a time.
In partnership with Natural Grocers, we are educating youth – as well as their families – on the benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables every day, so they can begin to offset their risks for chronic diseases and obesity. Together, we:
- GIVE: an apple to students in a sponsored school.
- JOIN: with the school to host an interactive, age-appropriate educational session with a highly trained nutritional health coach on easy ways to make good eating choices.
- CARE: for young people and their families by providing students with a healthy eating guide to take home and share.