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Generals Tour Hillcrest Elementary; Highlight Healthy Meals

Hillcrest Elementary School Principal Tammy Becker stands next to a map near the entrance to the school.  Hillcrest has a number of immigrant students who come from all over the world, as indicated by markers on the map.  (Photo by J. Schafer)

The rising rate of childhood obesity is a threat to national security. That's one of the messages delivered by two retired army generals who visited a Lawrence grade school Tuesday morning, where they highlighted the importance of healthy school meals. KPR's J. Schafer was there and files this report.


Mission: Readiness is a nationwide program that includes more than 600 retired generals and admirals who are speak about healthy school meals all across the country.

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Generals: Rising Childhood Obesity Rate Threatens National Security

The rising rate of childhood obesity is a threat to national security. That's one of the messages delivered by two army generals who visited a Lawrence grade school Tuesday morning. Retired generals Ed Gerhardt, of Topeka, and Daryl McCall, of Kansas City, toured Hillcrest Elementary School and ate lunch with a class of 4th graders. As part of a nationwide program called "Mission: Readiness," McCall says they're trying to highlight the importance of healthy meals for school children.


School officials say the upgraded kitchen at Hillcrest Elementary is serving more fresh and locally-sourced foods than ever before, making it one of the healthiest places to eat in the Lawrence school district.

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Generals: Childhood Obesity Threatens National Security

Childhood obesity is one of the biggest threats to national security. That's what two army generals said when they visited Hillcrest Elementary School in Lawrence Tuesday morning. The generals toured the school and ate lunch with students to highlight efforts by Hillcrest to serve healthier meals. The retired generals - (Ed Gerhardt, of Topeka, and Daryl McCall, of Kansas City) - are part of a nationwide program called "Mission: Readiness." Spokesman Ben Goodman:


School officials say the upgraded kitchen at Hillcrest Elementary is serving more fresh and locally-sourced foods than ever before, making it one of the healthiest places to eat in the Lawrence school district.
 

Generals: Eat Healthy, Get Active and Stay in School!

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