Hundreds of ecstatic children along with their families gather on the floor of Foundation For the Carolinas for an exclusive event this morning.

Kids Health Goes Gold, is a new national initiative created by Edge Health that promotes children’s health and wellness. And who else would be better to headline the event than eight American Olympic superstars who’ve earned thirteen gold medals collectively?

Here to bring awareness to the importance of Kids’ health, Olympic superstars Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, Rebecca Soni, Dana Vollmer, Lauren Cheney and Abby Wambach do a panel discussion for kids on dieting and exercise. Also adjoining the athletes were medical experts from Levine Children’s Hospital to put in their two cents as well.

“It’s always important to eat healthy, eat well and get a lot of sleep,” says Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas, “You gotta get enough sleep to function and then you feel so good. I love sleep because it’s my best friend. Then when you wake up in the morning eat a few vegetables here, a little protein there it really helps you to function. Sleep well, eat well and always stay active.”

Gabby also mentions and explains to families that it’s the little things you do every day that can make a huge impact on your health. Giggles fill the room as she shared a brief story on how her family always takes the elevators at the mall while she takes the stairs. “It’s little things like that that will always make a change,” she states.

“And it’s all about moderation,” says American Olympic soccer player, Abby Wambach, “ ‘cause we’re all gonna slip up and drink too much gatorade.”

“I like to stay hydrated and eat healthier,” says Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman when asked how hard it must be to eat right while on the road, “I always like to eat healthier because it makes me feel better and it just gives me more energy.”

After panel discussions, children were given the unique opportunity to dine with Olympic stars. Encouraged to take photos, receive autographs and hugs, hundreds of smiles were spread throughout the hall.

As one child put it, “Wow! I can’t believe I’m here, with you! Like, I love you guys!”

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