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Burgess Elem. students make healthy food choices

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BURGESS, SC (WMBF) - The Healthy Food Choice Program at Burgess Elementary is going strong following several awards and recognitions.

Student leaders in the program give points to fourth and fifth graders based upon their food choices at lunch. The points are tallied at the end of the week and students are given prizes.

"There's a lot of kids in the class that are getting like six, seven, points, they are really getting a lot of points," says Krishan Patel who is a student leader in the program.

Patel's brother started the program back in 2008. Since then the Georgetown Hospital system has partnered with the school and dieticians come and talk about health with the children as well as teach the program's leaders professionalism and leadership.

Since 2008 the program has won thousands of dollars for innovation and was recognized on the state legislative floor and in D.C. at Jim DeMint's office. Monday the group is putting together a letter for Mrs. Obama to detail the program and they hope to meet her in person in April.

"These kids represent the grass roots efforts to help South Carolina kids grow up and have a different way of thinking about how they eat," says Matt Securro, the Georgetown Hospital Representative.

The program is optional and kids who don't want their food choices rated don't have to participate but the school says since the program's inception, no child has opted out.

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