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At Estes Elementary, cafeteria staff goes all out for active kids

Buncombe County Schools have teamed up with an initiative to get kids outside and get healthy by playing outside 60 minutes every day. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Buncombe County Schools have teamed up with an initiative to get kids outside and get healthy by playing outside 60 minutes every day.

We saw lots of kids in action at William W. Estes Elementary in Skyland. The cafeteria staff went all out to make sure the students got the message to move.

For 30 minutes, kids get the chance to run, jump and play. Field Day activities are designed to reinforce a healthy lifestyle.

The first- and third-graders are participating in games that involve jump ropes, hula hoops, beach balls and much more

Cafeteria workers say the lunch line has come a long way in the last 10 years in trying to teach kids healthy habits.

"It's not just chicken nuggets anymore," said cafeteria manager Lynn Zabloudil. "We're doing shepards pie. We have a Brasstown meatloaf that's amazing. We're doing a lot of healthy cooking in ways that kids can enjoy food, and learn that the three food groups are not fast food, microwave food and frozen food."

Marvin's Produce of Anderson, SC donated 750 pieces of fruit for the kids.

This is the first year Estes Elementary has participated in the event.

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