ST. LOUIS -- September 29, 2003 -- Wendy Ardagna, Director of Government and Community Relations for Save-A-Lot, will join Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), Representative Nancy Johnson (R-Conn.) and other panelists for a discussion about the critical role that parents play in helping their children made good decisions in adolescence about love, sex and relationships.
The event takes place on the morning of Tuesday, September 30, 2003, at the Dirksen Senate Building in Washington, DC. It coincides with the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy's release of a new publication entitled Parent Power: What Parents Need to Know and Do to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. It is a practical and easy-to-use guide, designed specifically for parents. It brings together in one place the latest research on the influence of parents and provides clear and specific advice.
"For parents, new challenges continuously present themselves. Talking about teen pregnancy is one of them," said Dave Pylipow, Save-A-Lot Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Management Services. "For some parents, it may be the most important conversation they have with their children - and the most difficult to bring up. As an employer, we are aware that teen pregnancy is a concern for some of our employees. I am proud to announce that Save-A-Lot is making Parent Power available to our employees. We will include it among our benefits information and in our Employee Assistance Program. Save-A-Lot encourages other employers to include this guide in their employee assistance programs."
Save-A-Lot will make the publication available to all of its corporate employees. The company is the nation's leading limited assortment grocery chain with more than 1,050 stores nationwide and 9,000 corporate employees.
"Teen pregnancy impacts us all. Teen parents are less likely to graduate or earn a high school diploma. Without that valuable experience, they are less prepared to enter the job market," Pylipow added. "Parent Power is a wonderful resource for parents when talking to their teens."
Tuesday's discussion includes members of Congress, the media, and business leaders, advocates, researchers and teens.
Panelists include: Tom Ascheim, General Manager, Noggin/The N; Robert Wm. Blum, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Director, Center for Adolescent Health & Development, University of Minnesota; Ken R. Canfield, Ph.D., President, The National Center for Fathering; Sheila Jackson, CEO, Salamander Farm; Judy Lichtman, President, National Partnership for Women and Families; and, Caitlin Shetter, Member, Youth Leadership Team.
Save-A-Lot is the nation's seventh largest grocery chain under a single banner. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of SUPERVALU, Inc., a leading wholesaler and retailer listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SVU.
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