The kids were at the University of Houston to see a production of the original musical, “The Emperor’s New Clothes, “ part of The Children’s Theatre Festival. Just before the curtain went up members of YEAH, or Youth Excited About Health took a few minutes to remind the audience about The Oliver Foundation’s seven health choices.
Just to make sure the message sank in Parker Kink had the kids repeat them, starting with: ‘Five a day servings of fruits and vegetables’.
“Five a day.” “Five a day.”
“More water.” “More water.”
“Healthy snacks.” “Healthy snacks.”
“Active play.” “Active play.”
“Three a day dairy.” “Three a day dairy.”
“Healthy breakfast.” “Healthy breakfast.”
“Smart portion sizes.” “Smart portion sizes.”
Great, we knew this was a smart group.”
Each of the kids got a hand out with a list of the healthy choices at the end of the musical.
Parker Kirk says the idea is to get kids thinking about a healthy lifestyle early on even though the decisions of their parents play a role in healthy decisions now.
“But as they get older they start making these decisions on their own and if it isn’t set in their mind early on that a healthy life style is extremely important, then they are not going to live it as they grow.”
Before the kids arrived the Oliver Foundation presented a check for sixty-five hundred dollars to the University of Houston Children’s Theater Festival.