Fruits, veggies go hip with MPB’s ‘Ed Said’

By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Students at Carver Elementary got an extra serving of rhyming and healthy education Thursday.
The Tupelo school was the first stop for Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s newest star “Ed Said” on his Moving with Fruits and Vegetables tour. The puppet is featured in 10 web-based episodes which combine catchy raps about fruits and vegetables, and simple dances to get kids up and moving as they learn, as well as one-minute spots between MPB children’s programs.
Today, Ed Said will visit Corinth Elementary, where the work of teacher Kay Strickland inspired the series.
“It is such a thrill for me to see what MPB has done with the ‘Moving with Fruits and Vegetables’ curriculum,” Strickland said. “Educating our students about healthy eating and exercise is a big step in the right direction in the fight against obesity in our state.”
Obesity is one of the biggest health problems facing Mississippi, and MPB hopes the series will reinforce the value of healthy eating and exercise for children, said MPB Executive Director Ronnie Agnew.
“Hopefully ‘Ed Said’ will inspire Mississippi children and serve as a catalyst in changing our state’s health outlook,” Agnew said.
The entire series has been created in house at MPB, said Margaret McPhillips, public relations director. The lyrics for the snappy songs about fruits and vegetables were written by producer CJ Burks. “Ed Said” is brought to life by puppeteer Keri Grayson Horn. The Office of Healthy Schools helped develop the companion lessons plans.

On the Web
FIND EPISODES, songs, coloring sheets, ringtones and links to resources for educators at edsaid.org.