At Thursday’s event, Raisman discussed the dangers of underage drinking as she promoted healthy lifestyle choices.
The 18-year-old gymnastics whiz told a room full of parents and children that she would never have gotten to where she was today if she drank.
“I think it’s just really important for kids everywhere to stay active and find something that they love to do,” she said.
“That being said, when you’re reaching a goal and trying to accomplish your dreams, you have to make healthy decisions. And obviously, drinking underage — that’s only going to hurt you.”
Several House members, many with kids in tow, were on-hand for Raisman’s Washington appearance, which coincided with National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Among those spotted: Reps. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), John Delaney (D- Md.), Luke Messer (R-Ind.), Scott Garret (R-N.J.), Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) and Mark Meadows (D-N.C.).
While Raisman offered some personal gymnastics training to the first family, any potential balance beam or floor exercise coaching will likely have to wait. The Olympian is currently a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars.” Raisman says she took a red eye in to Washington, and had to fly immediately back for a rehearsal for the dancing competition.
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