Oct. 31, 2013
By Andrew Doughty
Student-Athlete Development Intern
University of Minnesota student-athletes visited Countryside Elementary School in Edina on Wednesday, October 30th as part of the “Eat Smart, Play Hard” program.
“Eat Smart, Play Hard” is an interactive and engaging program with a mission of educating elementary school children on the importance of eating healthy and exercising. Student-athletes from football, women’s swimming and diving, rowing, and baseball reviewed different forms of basic physical activity, healthy alternative snacks, and making smart decisions for your body.
“It’s a great chance for kids to visually see the importance of proper nutrition and physical activity,” said Chris Hawthorne, a senior on the football team. “It is also a tremendous opportunity to really connect with kids in promoting daily dietary habits and daily exercises.”
The group of eager children from kindergarten through third grade was also treated to entertaining videos created by former Gopher student-athletes Josh Hall (Men’s Swimming & Diving) and Lucy Ennis (Women’s Gymnastics). The videos further stressed the message of moderate portions of healthy snacks and exploring new ways to get adequate exercise.
The program concluded as the student-athletes passed out fruit and granola bars to the inquisitive group of students prior to spending a few moments answering entertaining and mildly amusing questions.
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