Program: Nutritional Food Group (NFG)

Nutritional Food Group (NFG)

NFG is a group of youth at Marshall High School that are planning and undertaking a campaign to improve the retail food environment surrounding the school and increases the chances that student s will make healthy food choices on their way to and from school. They are building knowledge of healthy snacks, where they can purchase them, and partnering with surrounding food retailers to make it easy for students to make these healthy choices.

Why is this important?

The typical American diet is too high in saturated fat, sodium, and sugar and too low in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, calcium and fiber.  Such a diet contributes to the six leading causes of death and increases the risk of numerous diseases, including:
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension
  • Stroke
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancer
This is especially troubling for youth that live in urban environments that are saturated with corners stores that aggressively market junk food to young people.  Many urban youth receive nearly half of their caloric intake from their purchases at local convenience stores on their way to and from school.  Because of this alarming trend urban youth are at much higher risk to develop many life threatening diseases.

    For more information contact Patty Barahona at pbarahona@yli.org or call 415-836-9160 ext.228

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