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OKTIBBEHA COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI)- Students, parents and faculty at East Oktibbeha County Elementary School got a great lesson in healthy eating.

The school teamed up with HealthWorks for a “Healthy Family fun Night”. They want kids to make healthy choices to help them live better lives.

HealthWorks, which is based in Tupelo is teaming up with East Oktibbeha Elementary School in the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi Creating Sustainable School Health Councils Project.

Families were treated to a very healthy dinner before participating in fun, games, and quizzes. Kathy Tucker is the Outreach Coordinator for Healthworks and happy to partnering with school across the Magnolia State.

“It’s really important that the health message we give the children is supported at home, at school or our in the community. When they go out to a story they need to have healthy options. They need to know how to ask for healthy options. They need to know how to be physically active. There are just so many things involved in being healthy.

With Mississippi ranked as one of the most obese states in America, parents, like Vicky Harris, hope programs like this one will promote a healthier school and a healthier community.

“It brings the community together. We can get to talking about our concerns and to let each other know that we are there for each other and for support,” says Harris.

Tucker hopes families and kids take their message to heart.

“Healthy kids perform better on test, are absent less and behave better,” says Tucker.

HealthWorks plans to travel to other schools in Misssissppi and spread the message about healthy living.

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