‘Lunch-senator’ Proos urges healthy eating habits

LANSING—In an effort to encourage healthy lifestyles, Sen. John Proos met with food service professionals at New Buffalo Elementary School and helped serve lunch to students.

“Learning healthy eating habits at an early age will have long-term health benefits for our children,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The more we learn about the importance of good nutrition, the more we see the truth in that advice.”

Before serving lunch to the elementary school students, Proos talked with head cook Kathy Dohner and the school’s other food service professionals about school nutrition and their challenges in providing healthy food to students. 

“I am proud to see schools like New Buffalo Elementary that are committed to having healthier choices in their cafeterias in an effort to help combat childhood obesity,” Proos said. “More than 12 percent of Michigan children are obese, and our schools can play a vital role in promoting a healthy lifestyle at a young age that will help give our children a bright, energetic future.” 

After serving lunch, Proos spoke with third and fourth grade students about his job as their state senator and the importance of being healthy.

“One of the best parts of being a public official is meeting with young children about what is happening in the state and encouraging them to help in their community – through future public service or volunteering,” Proos said. “As a father, I know the positive impact we can have on instilling a lifetime of healthy habits in our children. I believe the best way to make that impact is leading by example with regular activity and proper nutrition.”

Proos noted that he normally runs 15 miles a week and has been named “Healthiest Legislator” by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan for five straight years.