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Miss America: Eating rice can be part of a healthy lifestyle

Miss America Savvy Shields explains why eating rice can be part of a healthy diet for U.S. citizens and the world.

Savvy Shields, Miss America 2017, will speak before a large number of audiences during her reign, but few may be more appreciative than the rice farmers she spoke to at the USA Rice Outlook Conference in Memphis, Tenn.

Miss Shields, a 21-year-old senior art major at the University of Arkansas, talked about how she arrived at her personal platform issue of Eat Better Live Better and how rice can be play a role in accomplishing that goal.

“I grew up in a very healthy home. My mother was always serving us things like strawberries,” she said. “She was from California, and a healthy lifestyle was very important to her."

Miss Shields said when she started college, she was exposed to free pizza and ice cream in the dorm at midnight, and "the ‘freshman 15’ became all to real for me,” she said. “But I gradually came to realize that I simply wasn't focusing or doing as well as I could because of the things I was putting in my body."

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