On March 31 and April 2, Pre-K to 4th grade students at the Thurgood Marshall and Bradley Elementary schools in Asbury Park were treated to a Broadway style musical assembly called “Operation Lunchline and Kid Power”. The musical was funded by the Monmouth County Health Department from a Shaping NJ grant provided by the Southern NJ Perinatal Cooperative.
The musical is part of an ongoing effort by the Monmouth County Health Department called “Action for Fitness in Monmouth County” to start School Health Councils and prevent obesity and chronic disease in kids. The effort strives to use policy/environmental change to increase physical activity and teach kids to make healthy food choices. Currently, nearly 1 out of 3 children (31%) ages 10-17 are overweight or obese in NJ so this is an important problem that needs attention. Today’s child obesity rates are putting our kids on course to be the first generation to live shorter and less healthy lives than their parents if this trend is not reversed.
In ”Operation Lunchline and Kid Power”, Asbury Park students learned they have the “power” to feel great by pursuing daily exercise and by choosing to eat healthy foods. The audience meets Max, a student who feels sick because he doesn’t eat well or move enough, and joins the main character Kid Power on a 3D adventure. Students are “miniaturized” and taken on a fantastic journey into Max’s body to learn how to make him feel better by eating better and moving more. Students learned about portion control, avoiding sugary foods and drinks, that the body gets energy from eating plant-based natural foods, and that kids need to burn energy by getting 60 minutes of exercise every day.
Click on this link Kid Power and Operation Lunchline to see a youtube video of the program.
To find out more about what we are doing, contact Lisa Lee at Lisa.Lee@co.monmouth.nj.us or 732-431-7456.