Elvis Encourages Healthy Kids

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It's pretty safe to say none of Fowlerville Jr. High's students were around when Elvis Presley hit the top of the billboard charts.

But on what would have been his 68th birthday, the King had lunch with students like Samantha Gombert, who passed up french fries and pizza for salad.

"It’s much healthier, I think it's better tasting. I don't have to worry about eating too much junk food," Samantha Gombert, 7th grader.

Those who chose a similar lunch, or an entree with milk and fruit or vegetables, got a raffle ticket for a chance to win a new bike, part of a day promoting healthy eating and an active lifestyle.

By the time students hit junior high they're pretty knowledgeable on what foods are healthier than others. But on days when Elvis is in the building, the message is loud and clear.

"It’s a combination of nutrition and physical activity that promotes a healthy lifestyle. The Elvis part plays in to our theme: 'eat smart, play hard, and rock on,'" says Kathy Kane, Director.

"I don't know why they chose Elvis because he always ate peanut butter and banana sandwiches, but it's a culmination of a week-long promotion they did to get kids to choose salads, fruits and vegetables," comments Bill Burnette, Elvis impersonator.

As students got all shook up working off their lunches, Elvis didn't leave the building without acknowledging his newest and healthier generation of fans.