THIS IS YOUR LIFE!, a thought-provoking and rib-tickling live theater show,
will be presented at four middle schools across Worcester County thanks
to sponsorship by Atlantic General Hospital. In an effort to raise awareness
and educate children and communities about obesity prevention and the
importance of choosing a healthy and active lifestyle, Atlantic General
Hospital is providing local middle schools with this comprehensive nutrition
education program during the week of February 8, 2010.
Atlantic General Hospital and Health System lives its mission to improve
individual and community health, placing a key emphasis on health education
and prevention services.
Using the power of live theater, this fun-filled, national touring performance
will help young teens learn how to see through media messages and peer
group pressures in order to make healthier eating and exercise choices,
while building positive body image and self-esteem.
Bringing on to the stage a life-size Barbie doll, improvisation, fun food
skits, and audience participation, the THIS IS YOUR LIFE! program teaches
teens that everybody is different
and that it’s important to treat your body right, whatever its size
or shape. The program encourages students to critically evaluate media
messages and peer group pressures in order to take charge of growing up
healthy and fit. Students learn how to see through the thousands of junk
food advertisements they see each year and to decipher food labels to
identify the most nutritious choices. They discover why eating breakfast
helps maintain a healthy weight, how to enjoy regular physical activity,
and easy ways to get a balanced diet, even when eating on the run.
In addition to the live theater performance, schools receive comprehensive
follow-up activity kits with materials for parents, students, teachers,
and health staff to help keep the messages alive all year long.
“Atlantic General is very concerned about the chronic illnesses
we see in our area,” said Dawn Denton, community education manager
at Atlantic General Hospital. “We know that many of those conditions
exist as a result of health habits that begin when we are children. For
this reason the hospital has made it a priority to reach out to the youth
in our community with a healthy eating/healthy living message. We know
it is never too early to begin good habits, and these children are old
enough to begin to understand the concept of our actions today affecting
our health many years from now.”
February 8, 2010
Snow Hill Middle School 8:45 a.m.
Pocomoke Middle School 2 p.m.
February 9, 2010
Berlin Intermediate 9 a.m.
Stephen Decatur Middle School 1 p.m.
Created by FoodPlay Productions, an Emmy Award-winning nutrition theater
and media company, THIS IS YOUR LIFE! educates, entertains, and empowers
adolescents, providing them with the information they need to balance
their nutrition and physical activity habits for health and avoid the
pitfalls of fad dieting and disordered eating.
While THIS IS YOUR LIFE! is fun-filled and entertaining, its messages
are quite serious. In the last 20 years, obesity rates have doubled among
children and tripled among teenagers. Type 2 diabetes, once a disease
of adults, is now affecting children at alarming rates. The Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention reports that of children born in 2000,
one out of three Caucasian children, and one out of two African American
and Latino children will get diabetes if current eating and exercise habits
On the other extreme, eating disorders, harmful dieting practices, and
tobacco use are being reported among younger and younger children. By
fourth grade, two thirds of our nation’s girls have gone on some
kind of fad diet because they think they are “fat.” Up to
20 percent of today’s female high school students and increasing
numbers of male students report signs of eating disorders.
Atlantic General Hospital is a 62-bed acute care hospital serving residents
and visitors of Worcester County, Md. and surrounding areas of the Eastern
Shore. Its health system extends a network of more than 25 primary care
providers and specialists in nine locations to the communities it serves.
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE! was created by Barbara Storper, MS, RD, a leader in
the field of children’s nutrition and Executive Director of FoodPlay
Productions, with award-winning writer/actors Paul Wagner and Michael
Dorval. The research-based program was developed under original sponsorship
by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, and has been highly evaluated—showing dramatic
improvements in students’ knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding
nutrition and health issues.
FoodPlay Productions is a national award-winning nutrition and health
media company that creates touring theater shows, video/DVD kits, and
media campaigns to turn children on to healthy habits. Since its founding
in 1982, FoodPlay Productions has reached over three million children
coast to coast with its live nutrition and health theater programs.
For more information about shows and other fun-filled nutrition resources,
contact FoodPlay Productions at 413-247-5400/1-800-FOODPLAY, firstname.lastname@example.org, or