By Portia A. Scott (www.atlantadailyworld.com)
Kids and parents came in droves to the 7th annual Children’s Nutrition Education and Physical Activity Expo Saturday, March 24, at the Adamsville Recreation Center on M.L. King Jr. Drive. There were workshops, youth performances, food and a whole presentation from the AETNA Foundation featuring healthy eating, exhibits, fun fitness, recipes, and much, much more.
Kids and students got a chance to sample healthy foods, exercise and jump to the rap music of Eli Revel and Pryce Watkins, both local young entertainers that kept you moving and singing along with them. Eli, a seventh-grader from DeKalb Elementary of Arts School, had backup dancers Amos Harris, a seventh-grader from Salem Middle School in DeKalb County, Abby Seay a 10th-grader from Douglasville, and Vernon Jones, an eighth-grader from Gainsville Middle School. Pryce is an eighth-grader from the Atlanta Classical School, with manager Keith Thomas. Eli was also accompanied by his mother, Frances Revel and background singer and motivator Ivy Taylor, with manager Walker Davis. The emcee for the occasion was Comedian T.L. Watkins.
Speakers included Lynne Scroggins The Links, Inc., Atlanta Chapter president, who told how important it is to eat healthy, along with stressing the national group’s commitment to reducing childhood obesity; Atlanta Alumnae Chapter President Camille Smith Zieler and the nine metro chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. presented $1,350 to the celebration; a spokesperson from the Atlanta Public Schools, and CHOICES founder and spokesperson Vanetta Keyes, who stressed how important it is for kids “to learn to eat healthy and stay active.”
Students were able to match and identify healthy foods, put healthy plates together and learn about foods that give you energy, calcium and that are good for you.
A whole section of the Atlanta Public Schools fed students of APS, and the school chef cooked up vegetarian burritos, along with an entire room of good, healthy foods and recipes. There was a table for telling participants how to go on line and earn a Presidential Active Lifestyle Award, sponsored by the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” program. The cute little character, Zoe, was the official mascot for this celebration. It was a fun day for the entire family to eat, exercise and be merry. CHOICES, which stands for Center Helping Obesity In Children End Successfully Inc.