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A healthy heart lesson from children

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Usually when it comes to talking about your heart we're hearing the latest on treatments and procedures from doctors and surgeons, but here is some advice from an unlikely, yet inspirational source.

In the heart of the city there are messages everywhere.

Some of them you might miss, unless you listen carefully and look closely, "If he doesn't have a healthy heart he will probably not live that long." De Unique Dorris was asked to draw a picture of what a healthy heart means to her. "I had thought of my brother because my mom had told me he was born with a hole in his heart," said Dorris. 

She knows her brother needs to eat healthy and exercise in order to stay strong. "I drew my brother with a basketball because he likes playing basketball so much. He likes drinking milk but he doesn't like carrots," she said. 

These students at Martin Luther King Academy were among the 100 entries for Heartprize. A contest sponsored by the American Heart Association and Helen De Vos Children's Hospital.

Their artwork hangs on the fence surrounding the B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids.

Quentin Davis drew his version of a healthy heart. "The muscles tell you that that you got to keep your heart strong. And the heart is always red it shows that it has blood in it. And I wrote the word power down here to show that the heart has power,"  said Davis. 

Big messages from small voices about how to keep your heart strong and healthy.

Pauline McGregor with MLK Academy believes this is about more than just art, "This is also a way for the children to learn that you don't have to stay where you are in life this is one way you can learn how to step up out of your comfort zone and be somebody."

Even if you have to start with just a simple message, that hangs on a fence, in the middle of the city.

You can still view the pictures of Heartprize.

The American Heart Association is holding its annual Heart Walk this Saturday at 8 a.m. at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Grand Rapids.


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