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Play tours schools teaching kids about staying healthy



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HOLLADAY -- Eighth graders laughed as they learned more about obesity, anorexia and other health issues Tuesday at Bonneville Jr. High School. As part of a campaign to improve children's health, a humorous play is touring Utah schools and showing students it's cool to be healthy.

"This is Your Life" play is a light-hearted comedy taking front stage at schools all over Utah. Using jokes, games and skits, the show aims to teach students how their poor health habits will affect them later in life. Actors show that it's cool to be more active, watch less TV and eat healthy.

Play tours schools teaching kids about staying healthy

"I learned how it's not healthy to look like Barbie or have eating disorders and stuff," student Isabel Amis said.

Student Sydney Davis said, "It's a really big deal, ‘cause you don't want to risk your life to look like somebody else. Like he said, everybody is different."

You could fill over 400 classrooms with Utah's overweight teenagers, so the "LIVE" campaign working to change students eating and exercise habits by using humor.

The show covers everything from obesity and anorexia to a poor self-image and the use of drugs. It's all part of Intermountain Healthcare and Select Health's "LIVE" campaign promoting healthy lifestyles.

The show will tour Utah until the middle of May, visiting 225 schools and reaching roughly 30,000 students.

E-mail: eyeates@ksl.com

Ed Yeates

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