He said they are bombarded with temptations, and have few healthy eating options in Vallejo.
The Vallejo teen got some serious fortification for his resolve to eat healthy food at Touro's annual Teen Life Conference.
During the three-hour event the Mare Island medical students gave the younger teens information and encouragement to embrace good lifestyles.
American Canyon High School junior Jennifer Dominguez, said the event helped her learn more about medical conditions and what can be done about them.
The need to eat nutritious food was not the only message Touro University students and numerous teachers had for about 350 local teens from these high schools -- St. Patrick-St.Vincent, Pinole, DeAnza, Liberty and Vallejo High.
Touro faculty advisor, Dr. Yasmin Nibbe said she also hoped that some of the teens would formulate a desire to pursue medicine at the Mare Island school.
More than 40 Touro clubs, plus community organizations, including Fighting Back Partnership, were on hand to offer an array of services, and lectures on numerous topics, such as bullying, exercise, smoking prevention and the dangers of sugar.
Of all the health issues impacting teens, Nibbe said nutrition is probably the biggest one. That one is particularly bad in Vallejo which has numerous areas where residents have little, if no, access to fruits and vegetables, but only fast-food and convenience stores.
A dearth of nutritious food leads to lots of health problems, including obesity, diabetes and cardio vascular issues, she said.