Thanks to a grant from the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation of Mississippi Foundation the Laurel Police Department are bringing the message of eating and living healthy to the schools.
Earlier this year the department formed Healthy Hero Teams and began visiting area elementary schools in September. Thursday morning they were at the Nora Davis Magnet School. While there they talked with the students about eating healthy and how proper nutrition combined with regular exercise can lead to a healthy lifestyle. They then joined by Police Chief Tyrone Stewart for a parade fitness walk around the block.
"Not only are we promoting a healthy lifestyle by excersing and eating healthy with the students, but we're also building a relationship with the community," said Stewart. "We want the students to know we're not only here to arrest bad guys, we're here for a whole lot of good and we demonstrating that on a daily basis."
The Healthy Hero Teams will continue to visit in the schools throughout the school year.