Friday kicked off to the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank's "Grow Healthy Grow Strong" program. Some players from the Nighthawks stopped by to discuss the importance of eating healthy.
Children from the Boys and Girls Clubs around Wichita Falls got a lesson in healthy eating and how a healthy lifestyle can help them to grow big and strong.
"It's really just impacting the children and letting them know that healthy eating is important to growing strong." said Jessica Morath, Nutrition Services Manager for the W.F.A.F.B.
Nutrition among children has been a major issue in the United States, as processed foods are becoming more readily available and inexpensive. And at the same time, the cost of fresh produce is rising.
"Kids nationwide aren't eating healthy as often and the rates of childhood obesity are still growing. And then, within low-income families, one in three children are obese," said Morath.
Morath talked with the children about eating proteins, fruits and vegetables, and the importance of eating a variety of them. A good way for kids to remember to do so is, to eat the colors of the rainbow.
"If they can try it and know what it tastes like, they're going to be more likely to eat it later and maybe even ask their parents to get it at the grocery store," said Morath. She said it's all about reaching kids early and not waiting until they have already developed bad eating habits.
Michael Rhines Middle Linebacker for the Nighthawks says as an athlete you must eat healthy. "A big thing about us eating healthy it's all about a lot of vegetables. Vegetables are the main thing. Of course you've got your meats as your protein, but, honestly I feel like vegetables are the way to go," said Rhines.
The players shared their favorite healthy snacks with the kids, which included broccoli, beef jerky, bananas with peanut butter, and granola bars with fruit.
The program is six weeks long and kids at the Boys and Girls Club will be doing fun things to learn about nutrition, like planting fruits and vegetables to learn where food comes from.