FORT WORTH -- Schoolchildren competing in an eight-week program to eat better and exercise more gave their four-week progress report to a trio of super fit athletes on Thursday.
Fifth-graders at M.L. Phillips Elementary School told the racing cyclists on the RadioShack Nissan Trek Team that they are eating more fruits and vegetables and have added two hours a week to their physical activity.
The cyclists, who train up to 30 hours a week on their bikes, encouraged the children to continue to eat nutritious food, get a bit of exercise and always wear a helmet when bicycling. Photo gallery here.
"You don't have to eat little carrots like Bugs Bunny. Replace a piece of chocolate with an orange or a banana. It has more vitamins," said cyclist Jens Voigt, 41, of Berlin, who was on the nine-man team that raced in the Tour de France this summer. "Eating healthy makes you smarter and stronger. "
The visit by Voigt, Markel Irizar and Tiago Machado was part of the citywide Fit Worth campaign aimed at encouraging residents to improve their health through increased physical activity and healthy eating.
Read more here from today's Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
And here are some more facts about Jens Voigt: He has six kids and often spends free time maintaining their bikes. He got started into cycling at age 10 and won his first race. He likes fishing and recently bought a bow.
Asked if he'd ever met Lance Armstrong, Voigt told a student that the two men's birthdays are a day apart and they'd raced in the Tour de France together.
Here's another video that shows the pro athletes playing a noisy physical education game together.