SYRACUSE, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Childhood obesity; it's a problem that plagues our country and our state. One in four young people in Utah are obese and the unfortunate reality, that's setting up problems for the future.
Kathleen Nielsen, Intermountain Dietitian: "When people get to be my age, we already have our habits set and the younger we start, the better."
So the goal: teach them young.
Friday the lesson was at Syracuse Art Academy.
Intermountain Healthcare produced: Live Well. It is a pretty funny show teaching kids the 8 habits for a healthier life.
Messages include: drinking water instead of pop, eat plenty of vegetables and move!
The kids seemed to get the message.
Sixth grader Grace Hallows said, "I learned that you really need to do something, not just mope around."
Kelson Gardner, also in sixth grade, said, "Eating healthy is good for you. Fruits and vegetables, that's what you should eat to be healthy."
Intermountain Healthcare will take their traveling show through the entire state of Utah this month, visiting 30 schools.
Intermountain Healthcare worked with salt lake community college's drama department to produce the show. Together they wrote this original production just for Utah kids.