BELMAR, NJ — Youngsters in Belmar’s summer camp received a surprise visit yesterday from a borough resident who’s been making the headlines.
Jade Glab, the newly crowned Miss New Jersey, spent July 1 in her hometown at the Taylor Pavilion, where she gave campers an upbeat lesson in the importance of healthy eating.
While she has selected “Healthy Children, Strong America” as her social impact initiative in her journey to compete for the title of Miss America 2020, the topic has true meaning for the 19-year-old.
“When I was 11 years old, I went to the doctor’s and he told me I was getting unhealthy. I had high cholesterol,” she told the group of first- through third-graders — their attention focused front and center, as she explained how the condition could lead to heart problems.
Since then, eating healthy and developing healthy habits have been important in her life — a message that she shared with the campers in several entertaining ways at the beachfront pavilion.
After reading the Dr. Seuss book, “Oh, the Things You Can Do that are Good for You!: All About Staying Healthy,” it was time for the children to separate healthy food from junk food during a food choice game.
And then with markers and paper plates in hand, they all got the chance to “draw” their plate of healthful food choices.
Glab became Miss New Jersey on June 15 at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, and will now compete for the Miss America title on a day and at a place to be announced later this year.
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