Many in the produce industry kept up with participants from this year’s Viva Fresh Clean Eating Challenge as they lost more than 160 pounds collectively from November 2019 to March 2020 by putting fruits and vegetables center plate. Their results were something to be proud of, particularly when you realize they achieved this during the holidays and a worldwide pandemic.
And now, the Texas International Produce Association is inviting industry members to register for the second annual Clean Eating Challenge starting on October 1 and culminates at the 2021 Viva Fresh Expo in Dallas next March. Those interested in joining the challenge have the option of joining one of two tracks: a featured contestant and a regular contestant. Featured contestants will have their progress highlighted online and as part of the reveal at the Viva Fresh Keynote reveal next March. All featured participants will also receive a FitBit and Fit Scale to better track their progress. Featured contestant spots are limited so interested parties are encouraged to act fast. But all contestants on all paths will receive peer mentorship and a chance to win a Peloton bike complete with year-long subscription (a $2,500 value) for completing the challenge.
Tommy Wilkins, Grow Farms Texas.
Launched in 2019, Viva Fresh’s first-ever health and wellness campaign followed four produce industry professionals who changed their diets and as a result, changed their lives.
“As leaders in the produce industry, we need to be at the forefront of health and wellness in order to set an example for the consumers we are trying to reach every day,” remarked Dante Galeazzi, President & CEO of Texas International Produce Association. “As new health fads come and go, fruits and vegetables are the foundation on which we should focus every journey to better health. We are so excited to continue the Clean Eating Challenge for the second year in hopes of inspiring even more people to change their eating habits for the better.”
The 2020 Challenge was sponsored by SunFed, Grow Farm Texas, Coast Tropical, Rio Fresh Inc. and J&D Produce; several participants from last year’s challenge and some new faces will serve as mentors who will offer peer support newcomers as they join the path to better health:
- Ed Bertaud, IFCO
- James Bassetti III, Little Bear Produce
- Michelle Cortez, Vision Imports
- TJ Flowers, Lone Star Citrus Growers
- Tommy Wilkins, Grow Farms Texas
Ed Bertaud, IFCO.
Besides peer support, contestants will receive healthy recipes and cooking tips and demos from professional chefs helping them move fruits and vegetables to center plate as they make healthy lifestyle changes.
One of last year’s participants said it best, “The changes I learned to make during my time as a participant were truly life changing,” said Michelle Cortez, Clean Eating Challenge Committee Chair. “I want to help others find the same success I have found which will allow them to live their best lives and reduce their health complications."
To register for the Clean Eating Challenge, click here.