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Erin Palinski, RD, CDE, LDN Entertain While Educating
Teaching children about healthy eating and exercising can be a frustrating experience because kids need to be entertained and willing to learn. Former Rockette turned registered dietician, Helen Butleroff, may be on to something with her musical “My Plate: The New Food Guide Musical.” Read on to see how she’s teaching children about healthy eating!
For all her talent and determination to help children eat better, Michelle Obama could still pick up a few pointers from Helen Butleroff-Leahy, a 66-year-old former Rockette turned registered dietitian.
Ms. Butleroff-Leahy devotes her time to teaching children in disadvantaged neighborhoods about eating healthfully and exercising regularly. Her lessons take the form of musical productions, rehearsed in classrooms and on the stages of 52 New York City public schools so far. Children from each school do gymnastics and dance to a rap-based script by Roumel Reaux that entertains while explaining the essentials of good nutrition. The 45-minute production by Ms. Butleroff-Leahy is called “My Plate: The New Food Guide Musical.”
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