Mike Conley talks fruits and vegetables to Bethel Grove students as part of Healthy Home Court

Posted by Eric Bleier on October 23, 2013

Bethel Grove students make a healthy salad using vegetables grown in their garden

Bethel Grove students make a healthy salad using vegetables grown in their garden

Photo courtesy Daniel Peterson

The students of Bethel Grove Elementary had a motivational Monday with Mike Conley as he educated them on the importance of fruits and vegetables in their diet as part of the Grizzlies Healthy Home Court initiative.

Memphis Grizzlies Healthy Home Court Coordinator Daniel Peterson gave the students some wisdom about choosing your food, “When you have a choice, choose fresh fruits and vegetables with every meal because when you live a healthy, active, life you will live longer, be happier and have more success in school and in your career.”

Students spent the morning with Conley learning how to build trestles for the pea plants in the school’s learning garden, sponsored by the American Heart Association. After building the trestles, Conley and his personal chef and L’Ecole Culinare Chef Instructor Spencer McMillin, held a demonstration in the school’s cafeteria on how to make Conley’s favorite salad using vegetables growing in the Teaching Garden.

Conley engaged in a question-and-answer segment with the students where they asked him about his favorite vegetables, and if he thought vegetables would give fans more energy to cheer on the Grizzlies at FedExForum.

“I sure hope so; I think it’s a great idea. Maybe we can put something out there so you can eat more vegetables and be louder so we can win a championship. We can’t do it without ya’ll,” Conley said.

The students were then served fresh salad for lunch prepared by McMillin; is there a championship to follow now?

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