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Students Learn About Nutrition with FoodPlay

Posted by Aimee Chandler -

Did you know that April is Soy Foods month? Illinois Soybean Association is sponsoring FOODPLAY, a national award-winning theater show that will be presented at 40 schools throughout Illinois, using the power of live theater to turn kids on to healthy eating and exercise habits. The Celebrating Soy!—FOODPLAY tour will reach up to 17,000 children and their families with essential nutrition and health information to help Illinois families take charge of growing up healthy and fit.

This morning FOODPLAY visited the students at Gilman Elementary. During the fun-filled performance, children follow the antics of Johnny Junkfood, who dreams of becoming a juggling star but keeps dropping the balls. The problem — his unhealthy diet! With the help of the "Coach" of the "National Junior Juggling Team" and the children in the audience, Johnny learns how to juggle the foods he eats to wind up with a balanced diet.

As the FOODPLAY performance unfolds, children learn how to decipher food labels, see through TV advertising and make sense of today's confusing fast food world. Children learn the importance of fueling up with breakfast and being active every day. They learn how to increase their intake of fruits and vegetables; cut down on sweets and unhealthy fats; and read labels to get the most nutritional value for their money. They discover how to make healthy food choices at home, school, and on the run, and come to understand how to choose foods that are good for their health and good for the planet, too.

Students in PreK-3rd grade learned as Coach and Johnny taught them how to make go choices (healthy foods) or whoa choices (not so healthy foods). They also talked about the importance of eating foods from all the different food groups and exercising for at least an hour a day. This afternoon students at PBL's Eastlawn school will be learning the same thing.

For more information on FOODPLAY visit For more information on the Illinois Soybean Association visit

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