DETROIT (WXYZ) - Students at Marcus Garvey Academy learned some important lessons Tuesday morning in Eastern Market but they may have been having too much fun to know it.
Former Detroit Lions great Herman Moore showed the kids how to stay active and healthy.
“In this day and age, kids are just sitting a lot,” said Moore. “They’re doing a lot with social media and this is just getting them up communicating. It’s about physical fitness and the activity.”
In the program Meet Up and Eat Up With the Lions, these kids learned how to eat healthier too.
The Lions’ Executive Chef Joe Nader taught them some quick, easy tricks to make healthy snacks. He gave demonstrations on how to make fruit smoothies with tangerine juice, pineapples, strawberries, and yogurt.
“This is just trying to equip them with some quick little healthy options they can have so they are starting their day off right or possibly an after school snack,” said Chef Nader.
“It was actually really fun cause I learned there’s just so much more to do than just exercise,” said student Candance Montgomery. “You can just play and have fun with your friends and eat healthy without even realizing it.”
Many students left Eastern Market inspired with a list of foods with more nutritional value.
“More fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots… more broccoli,” said student Elrah Anderson.
They also walked away from the experience with great memories and a new outlook.
“My favorite part of it… I think may be meeting one of the greatest football players ever,” said Montgomery. “You know, but he just seemed to blend in with us. Like just having fun with us, like just getting active.”
“It doesn’t matter your size,” said Moore. “It’s about getting up and doing the right things and the Lions have been great in the way they encourage activities like this, supporting organizations that are out doing great things in the community and that’s been a great initiative. Then getting players like myself and other alumni to come out and be a part of that I think just seems to hammer home that we care.”
The kids received vouchers to buy healthy Michigan made products. They also got cards with their favorite players on the front and information on the back on how to get involved in healthy food programs.
The Lions and other organizations will be conducting this program weekly with other schools until the end of October. At the end of October, they will invite all of the participating schools to a big event at Ford Field.
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