National Child Health Week celebrates making healthy choices

With second graders from Eagleton Elementary as their audience, Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell and Blount County Health Department Director Micky Roberts read a proclamation for National Child Health Week.

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With second graders from Eagleton Elementary as their audience, Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell and Blount County Health Department Director Micky Roberts read a proclamation for National Child Health Week.

Art Linkletter had it right. Kids say the darndest things.

County Mayor Ed Mitchell and County Health Department director Micky Roberts got a good laugh Friday when they were joined by the second grade students from Eagleton Elementary School

At about 10 a.m., Mitchell was set to announce a county proclamation regarding National Child Health Week when the Eagleton students happened to be touring the courthouse. The mayor and the health department director opted to make the presentation with the children on the courthouse steps.

While teachers and parents watched with the students, Roberts explained the significance of the week and why their parents work to ensure they make healthy choices.

“Who here is important?” Roberts asked, hoping that the children would say that they were important.

The answer from the students, however, was “Ed Mitchell.”

Roberts went on to explain that the children were the important ones. “Do you know why? Because you are the future. You will be the future leaders of our community, and we want to keep you healthy,” he told them.

Roberts said that National Child Health Week emphasizes the importance of encouraging children to practice healthy lifestyles. “This is important for the wellbeing of our children and our community,” he said.

Mitchell said he invited the students to tour the courthouse when he visited with them at the school recently. Mitchell, an Eagleton-native, said it is important the students understand how their government works. “I emphasized that I went to Eagleton, and I was blessed to become fire chief in the City of Maryville and county mayor and that a lot of successful people came out of Eagleton,” he said. “Anyone in this county can do the exact same thing.”

Mitchell said he encourages children to make the right decisions. “When I talk to kids, I tell them, ‘Your future is your decision, make the right decisions.”

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