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March 22, 2011

Disney Magic of Healthy Living - Partnering with Parents for Healthier Lifestyles

Last fall, The Walt Disney Company launched a new initiative to help parents raise healthy, happy children called Disney Magic of Healthy Living. It's a program encouraging smart eating and exercise through a year-long series of inspiring public service announcements featuring First Lady Michelle Obama and some Disney Channel stars, including Nick Jonas and Brenda Song.

Magic of Healthy Living PSAs feature the First Lady Michelle Obama and Disney Channel stars address food choices, activities, and portion sizes.

A highlight of the program was a national essay contest encouraging children across the country to write about their ideas for living a healthy life at home, at school or in their communities. Fifty winners were invited to Disney Magic of Healthy Living -- The Weekend, a special event at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney Magic of Healthy Living -- The Weekend, took place March 18-20, 2011.The 50 essay winners and their families came to Walt Disney World to explore a weekend of flavor and fun. The Weekend included a one-of-a-kind 'TRYathlon,' an imaginative and inspiring course "around the world" to TRY new foods, new moves, and new ways to live healthy.

The weekend kicked off with an opening ceremony dinner that featured Disney Channel stars Kenton Duty, Daniel Curtis Lee, Jennifer Stone, Alyson Stoner and Caroline Sunshine. The 2011 Disney Wide World of Sports Spirit Award Winner, Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich and Tampa Bay Buccaneer linebacker, Barrett Rudd, were also on hand to join in the weekend's TRYathlon. Also, Disney Chef Gary Jones was on hand to share healthy culinary delights. Chef Gary is working with Disney chefs to create healthful, flavorful meals in both Disney restaurants and snack menus.

First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed everyone to the Disney Magic of Healthy Living -- The Weekend by way of videocast.

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The Jammitors, as Jammin' Chefs, entertained the audience.

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AllEars.Net spoke to Disney Channel stars Kenton Duty and Alyson Stoner to learn more about their part in the Healthy Living Initiative:


Alyson Stoner voices Isabella Garcia-Shapiro on Phineas and Ferb and appeared in Camp Rock 2. She's been with the Disney Channel for 11 years and said she has seen huge positive changes in the food offered, with healthier options now. "As a family we are growing healthier together. We'd have pop (soda) with every meal -- we never reached for water. So we are rewiring our habits now."

Kenton Duty plays Gunther in the Disney Channel comedy series "Shake it Up," and he also appeared on "Lost" as young Jacob. Kenton, a self-proclaimed health nut, loves that his job involves so much dancing -- a great cardio exercise. His personal goal of being involved in the initiative is "to inspire kids to aspire to be the better them. Enjoy working out and exercising."

The Disney Magic of Healthy Living program offers online information for kids and parents on two new dedicated web sites: Disney.com/healthyfun is geared towards kids and Family.com/healthymagic offers resources for parents.


March 30, 2011

Wandering Around Animal Kingdom

On my recent trip to Walt Disney World, I made sure to leave a morning to myself to wander around my favorite park. It was an overcast morning which turned out to be a great time to see some animals out and about. It's been several months since I walked around Animal Kingdom so some of what appears "different" to me may not be so new.

In the Oasis, the Spoonbills were very feisty - several were being extremely protective of the eggs they were nesting. There was a lot of bill snapping going on!

Animal Kingdom Walt Disney World

Animal Kingdom Walt Disney World

The pastries at Kusafiri were very decorative and tempting!

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I don't recall seeing the Paroon Shark-Catfish before. It was hard to get a good photograph.

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Animal Kingdom Walt Disney World


Animal Kingdom Walt Disney World

As I made my way into the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail, some of the signage appeared to be refreshed!

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I love the aviary here and also in the Maharajah Jungle Trek! The Taveta Golden Weavers were busy flitting about. Their opening to their nests are on the bottom, to help ward off intruders. They build a "shelf" inside so they have a place to rest.

Animal Kingdom Walt Disney World


Animal Kingdom Walt Disney World


Animal Kingdom Walt Disney World

There were lots of meerkats out, don't think I have seen this many in quite some time.

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And in the same viewing area, the Gerenuks! Their necks can stretch really far!

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Many gorillas were out and about on this morning. I may have seen just about all of them. I actually found myself going back and forth between the two main viewing areas (the first that is enclosed with the floor-ceiling glass and the one over the wobbly bridge).

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You can find the baby not too far from the mother.

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Animal Kingdom Walt Disney World


Animal Kingdom Walt Disney World


Animal Kingdom Walt Disney World


Animal Kingdom Walt Disney World

Realizing I had spent over an hour on the trail, I headed over to Asia.

One of the Siamangs was having a ball swinging back and forth on the high wire.

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Anyone up for a trip?

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Here is another of the signs that looked refreshed.

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The Komodo Dragon was walking around on the rocks - usually I just see the dragon sunning!

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Tiger Forest coming up....

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The tigers were quite lazy and all but one was sleeping.

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The Elds Deer like to hang out in the far left corner of their area. You can find them in the same viewing spot as the Black Buck, Sarus Crane and the Ox.

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The Aviary ----

Animal Kingdom Walt Disney World

Animal Kingdom Walt Disney World

I enjoyed my visit. Be sure to talk and ask questions of the animal keepers that are along the trails. They have lots of information to share. And, in the aviaries, they can usually point out a bird you may have missed.

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