While London prepares to host the summer Olympics, Adams Elementary School students competed in their own version — only no one walked away with a medal Friday.
Instead, everyone walked away with ideas for fun physical activities and a taste of new fruits and vegetables.
"We want them to feel like a winner because they're doing it," said Newport-Mesa Unified nutritionist Pam Williams with the Network for a Healthy California. "They walk away a winner."
The Costa Mesa school was one of about a half dozen this year to host the Nutrition Olympics put on by the Network for a Healthy California. The pre-K through sixth-grade students competed in coconut bowling, veggie relay, melon weightlifting, orange shot put and potato sack races before getting a taste of coconut, raw sweet potato sticks, raw broccoli, watermelon and orange juice.
"It's a fun event," said Principal Gabe Del Real. "It's just such a great way for the kids to let off steam now that testing is done."