Local Third Graders Ask Parents for More Fruits, Veggies

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Your parents probably told you as a child to eat your fruits and veggies, but now the tables have turned, as one group of third graders is asking their parents for more healthy foods.

"We came up with this idea to challenge the students to just be healthier, to start being a little more aware of exercise and nutrition," personal trainer Charlie Lima with Train With Charlie said.

Kindergarten through fourth grade students at Pebble Creek Elementary received points for eating fruits and vegetables, as well as exercising daily, to see which class would come out on top.

"Every time I ate, I was like, 'Mom I need to make sure I do this little point on my Charlie for Training thing,'" third grader Maddie Miller said.

"I ate all the right healthy foods, exercised all the time and got lots of points," fellow third grader Sujay Shanka said.

Whether it was the competition or the love of healthy living, the group of eight- and nine-year-olds beat out the rest of the school.

"Everybody else was in the lead. Then all of a sudden, we were like, 'oh my gosh we won,'" Miller said.

The winning group was treated to a special tour of the Texas A&M Student Recreation Center to learn more about fitness, and to also get a workout themselves.

"My favorite part was running around the track," Shanka said.

"It was just awesome to see how motivated they were," Pebble Creek Physical Education Teacher Mia Leland said.

Lima says motivating kids to live a healthy lifestyle begins at home.

"The number one thing a parent can do is be an example. If you raise your kids in a healthy home or practice a healthy lifestyle through exercise or nutrition, your kids are going to do the same," Lima said.