Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Elmo and the "Super Foods" to the Rescue!
The Sesame Street Workshop is reaching out with this program by providing packets to these families which include a video featuring the "Super Foods:" banana, cheese, whole grain roll, and broccoli---great new characters to meet. Viewers learn that there are "sometimes" foods and "anytime" foods, that it's OK to try new foods, and parents are provided help with suggestions of how to prepare healthy meals for little money. Elmo's video has the potential to help all families to start eating healthier, regardless of income.
This project certainly earns all my praise. In the U.S., it's now estimated that close to 40% of the calories consumed by children ages 2 - 15, come from empty calories: soda, sugary sweet fruit drinks, cookies, cakes, donuts....etc. Utterly amazing. It's no wonder childhood obesity rates are sky rocketing. Sesame Street Workshop's focus on both young children and their parents should increase the odds of making real changes in the eating habits of families. Let's hope that using this media to get the message out will have an big impact on the health of every family. I say, bring on the Super Foods Team!
Let's hear it for Elmo!!!! Yeaaaaahhhhh!!!!!