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National Tour: Lighten-Up!


Show Overview

Lighten Up! addresses the problem of childhood obesity. It is a highly interactive, 50-minute musical show designed to help children, in grades K-6, learn the value of exercise and good nutrition. The show deals with the serious problems of excess weight and obesity in an entertaining and totally non-threatening way. Children are encouraged to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors needed to make health-enhancing choices. In every musical number, the kids participate, by answering questions, volunteering, and moving along with Slim.

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The show is:

  • Standards-Based
  • Interactive
  • Cross-curricular
  • Multi-media
  • Innovative
  • Information-packed
What are the program objectives? Lighten Up is designed to help students:
  • Understand the benefits of good nutrition
  • How to make better food choices
  • Understand the body's need for physical activity
  • Become smarter consumers
  • Attain competencies related to national education standards
What topics does Lighten-Up! cover?
  • Choose MyPlate the USDA's food guide
  • Nutrition and how different kinds of foods affect the body
  • Junk food and why too much sugar and fat is harmful to health
  • Media Literacy and how advertisers influence our food choices
  • Calories In and Calories Out and finding the proper balance
  • Portion size and how it affects issues of obesity
  • Decision making and goal setting
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How is the information presented?

Lighten Up! relies on five basic program components:
  • Original Music
  • Audience Involvement
  • Large Screen projections of astounding and diverse visuals
  • Slim's incredible rapport with student audiences
  • Relevant, exciting content
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How is Lighten-Up cross-curricular?

In addition to the health sciences, Bodyology weaves together language arts, history, math, physical education and geography.

This is done through:
  • Story telling
  • New vocabulary and word derivations
  • Video re-enactments of historic medical discoveries
  • Mathematical calculations involving cell division, heart rate, reaction speed, daily food requirements, etc.
  • Audience fitness challenges
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How is Lighten Up! Standards-Based?

We have correlated Bodyology to all state standards and will be happy to provide state specific correlations upon request. The chart below is meant to serve as a general over-view of the standards addressed.

Lighten Up! Standards Correlations:
  • Health
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Physical Education
  • Arts: Dance
  • Arts: Music
  • Arts: Theatre
  • Arts: Visual Arts
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