HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Childhood obesity is a major health problem in our state, and now administrators at Hawkins Elementary School are teaching their students how to start living a healthy lifestyle.
About 300 students participated in the "How Do We Measure Up" fitness fair Friday.. It's one of the AmeriCorps service projects.
Four stations were set up for students at the fair.
"We had a parfait station, a fitness challenge, a nutritionist, and a calorie counting station," said Allayne Cawthon, team leader of the event.
She and the other facilitators like Sharon Miles say the students have been very active.
"Most of the kids when they dive in there, they are actually surprised with their own results," said Miles.
Sixth grader, Elisabeth Harris said learning about calories in foods was surprising to her.
"We are suppose to have 1, 600 a day," she said. "I eat that many times in like two items." ÂÂ@
For boys, it's 1,800 calories.
"Certain calories is good for you and certain calories are not," said sixth grader Jeremiah Fails.
Cawthon said giving hands on examples of different food choices really hit home for the students.
"It made them realize, oh my god, I'm eating my amount of servings I'm suppose to have in one day in one sitting."
Harris said she plans on changing that for one main reason.
"So I can live a longer life," she said.