Performers bring show on disease to contest winners
robin kuniski/for metro calgary
Two local elementary schools were jumping in celebration yesterday after winning a contest to bring a nationwide touring concert to their schools.
The schools submitted student-created posters on diabetes in a national competition held this school year.
Everyone Jump — Kids Changing Diabetes is a fun and educational way to teach children about Type 2 diabetes, a Pineridge Community School teacher told Metro.
"The kids were definitely excited to win and it’s a great opportunity. I think this is a better way for them to learn and it will stick with them a lot longer than what I teach them," Grade 5 teacher Paul Reed said.
Dance and song performers Cara Stephenson and Andrew Chandler entertained the kids for more than an hour with songs about diabetes, eating healthy and exercising.
Emma Laird, stage manager of the show, said the Ontario-sponsored group is touring 37 schools across the country and reaching more than 10,000 students.
"It’s going very well and the students love it. Every school we’ve been to the kids are up and participating and waving their hands in the air. It’s great," Laird said.
"We want the kids to know it’s never too early to learn to be healthy by eating right and exercising because Type 2 diabetes is a proven preventable disease."
Some tips given to the kids were to eat healthier alternatives such as carrots, celery and broccoli instead of chips and chocolate. The other message was for the kids to get up and be active by dancing, playing sports or running.
Monsignor Neville Anderson School was the other Calgary winner.