Sunday, April 28, 2013

Ole Miss Double Decker Festival Puts On Gospel Choir Showcase to Help Fight Obesity

 Recently the state of Mississippi was listed as the "most obese" state in America. As child hood obesity continues to rise as a growing problem, measures to decrease the rate at which kids are consuming unhealthy foods have been taken by the Oxford School District.

This past weekend during the annual Double Decker Festival on the square in Oxford Mississippi, a gospel choir festival was put on to help improve the foods supplied to children within the district. The concert may have been the headliner but the "Good Food For Oxford Schools" certainly made progress in educating the children and parents who turned out, about the importance of eating healthy. Four different area choirs sang 1 or 2 songs throughout the course of the festival.

Volunteers from the AKA sorority helped to serve $1 sample plates of the food that is to be added to the school menu for the district this upcoming Tuesday. Plates included a baked chicken wing, a spoonful of sweet potatoes, greens, and miniature cornbread muffins. The committee says that through eating naturally produced foods grown right here in MS, students have a better chance at maintaining a healthy intake and balanced weight. Portion sizes are being regulated according to the guidelines set by the "United States Department of Agriculture", who also recognizes schools attempting to make a difference.

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