OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - A celebrity with fuzzy skin and purple hair visited an Ocean Springs school Friday. He came to get children excited about eating right.
The tour was part of a campaign by Mississippi Public Broadcasting to change the disturbing childhood obesity trend in our state.
The lesson involved a lot of singing and dancing. They learned why bananas are so 'a-peeling' and they were 'jammin' to a strawberry tune. The little ones were singing and dancing their way to healthier bodies.
The star of the show was Ed, a puppet who uses rap songs and rhymes to spread a serious message. Ed and his Lunch Bunch came to Magnolia Park Elementary in Ocean Springs Friday to kick-off this school year's "Ed Said" tour.
"Music got my attention as a child and I was hoping to do that with this project," said C.J. Burks, creator and producer of the show.
"I think taking him into the schools and giving the kids sort of a concert atmosphere, get them excited about the music. And the lyrics tell you about the fruit or vegetable."
To children, Ed is the coolest guy around.
"Because he's kind of funny," said first grader Elijah Isom.
"I learned about Ed and eating healthy. You can learn more things and you'll be more healthy and grow strong," said first grader Maddie Porter.
To adults, he's the latest face in the fight against obesity.
"To be excited about healthy eating, making healthy choices, and to have a little background knowledge of a fruit or vegetables," said Burks. "Some kids didn't realize that potatoes are from the underground, from dirt. They think it comes from the store."
Even teachers couldn't resist showing off their moves. What "Ed Said" about being active and eating right seemed to be catching on.
The "Ed Said" tour will visit six other schools in Mississippi this fall semester. Ed and the gang plan to perform at seven other schools during the spring semester.