Eat Smart to Play Hard


Sporting events and healthy foods are two things that don’t seem to go together, but they can.

That was the topic of discussion at a Joplin Food Action Network event held at the End Zone Facility on the campus of MSSU. Area school district superintendents, athletic directors, athletic trainers, parents and athletes were among those in attendance. The program called, “Eat Smart to Play Hard” was presented by members of the University of Missouri Extension.

“It’s really important that people have access to healthy options. A lot of parents are attending tons of athletic events and sometimes that’s the only way they’re feeding their families on those nights,” says Lindsey Stevenson, Univ. of Missouri Extension, Barton County.

Stevenson says the program isn’t designed to replace traditional concession staples like hot dogs, hamburgers and popcorn, she says it’s add healthier choices as well. She says it’s possible to add healthier items and still be able to turn a profit.

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