It wasn’t just any Tuesday at The Detroit Eastern Market, last week, aside from the regular vending of fresh produces and morning yoga class. It was the kickoff of Meet Up & Eat Up with the Lions and Ford.

To see the kids from Mason Elementary-Middle School run through the human tunnel of Meet Up & Eat Up staff, fellow journalists, and Detroit Lions players was a very unforgettable and cheery moment!

They were full of energy and charisma throughout the entire day of activities, like jump rope and four-square, and shopping in the Eastern Market targeting colorful foods.

While the kids were shopping through the market each Detroit Lions player that was in attendance: WR Corey Fuller(10), WR Calvin Johnson (81), WR Lance Moore (16), S Glover Quin (27), chaperoned a group and it was joyful being a bystander of how they all interacted.

The players discussed healthy eating / living with the kids, like what they ate before a game, and the importance of sleep. A young one was even excited to announce how he bought carrots for his rabbit at home

So I think these kids really grasped the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables, especially by the time Executive Chef Joe Nader gave his snack demonstration and Wayne State University public health and medical students performed their educational lesson on the impact of nutrition.

It was so great to see how engaged the kids were, especially as they were informed on eating fresh foods and their accessibility within the city! They knew, and were eager to learn more.

This is the fourth season this program has been enact with United Way for Southeastern MichiganDetroit Eastern MarketFair Food NetworkPlayworks Detroit, and WSU School of Medicine. This fall program brings 30+ DPS students to the Eastern Market every week for a morning full of physical activities, shopping using Double Up Food Bucks provided by Fair Food Network, a healthy snack demonstration, educational lessons on nutrition and meet and greets with current and alumni Detroit Lions players.

Congrats on the kickoff on yet another go round of educating youth on healthy habits and food (in)securities in the Detroit community

I really admire this because early introductions of healthy eating increases the probability of sustained behavior into adulthood.

Kids are THE future!

(Originally written Sept. 2015)

Peace and posi,

– P. Blessman

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