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The Singing Food introduces the Healthy Habits for Life segment that aired before every episode of Season 36.

Healthy Habits for Life is a multi-year, content-driven initiative launched by Sesame Workshop in 2005 to help young children and their caregivers establish an early foundation of healthy habits. It was also the central theme for Sesame Street's Season 36 in 2005.

Development

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In the early part of the 2000s, childhood obesity became a critical issue in the public mind, and was reinforced as a cause for concern by data published by the US Centers for Disease Control.

Sesame Workshop, as a developer of many kids programs, took interest in promoting healthy lifestyles to its viewers. According to people from Sesame Workshop, "Health has always been a part of our Sesame Street curriculum, therefore we will always be committed to ensuring kids are given information and messages that will help them become healthy and happy in their development. For season 36, we have turned up the dial in health, but it will always be part of our curriculum."

The Healthy Habits for Life programming was launched in 2005, to encourage young viewers to lead more active and nutritious lifestyles.

The Workshop formed an Advisory Board consisting of experts such as Woodie Kessel, M.D., M.P.H., the Assistant Surgeon General of the United States. This board examines the research of other organizations, and also conducts pilot studies to determine which areas of research should be expanded, based on social, ethnic and socio-economic sections of the population.

Public Service Announcements

  • Healthy Habits for Life PSA with Elmo and Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr.
  • Healthy Habits for Life PSA with Elmo, Rosita and Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions.
  • Healthy Habits for Life PSA with Elmo, Rosita and Tennessee Senator Bill Frist.
  • Healthy Habits for Life PSA with Elmo, Rosita and Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius.

Several United States Senators, governors and other politicians recorded public service messages with Elmo and Rosita in 2005 and 2006. These PSAs were distributed to state and national television outlets. Topics of the public service messages ranged from the importance of health and nutrition to physical fitness and personal hygiene.

Some of the politicians who joined the Sesame Street characters included:

Promotion

Merchandise

Other Media

  • Sesame Street Presents: The Body, a traveling interactive museum exhibition debuted in May 2005 as part of the Healthy Habits for Life initive. The touring exhibit will reach up to 15 markets over a 5 year period. It focuses on the body, what it can do, and offer specific information about how to keep the body healthy and strong. Various Outreach materials for parents, teachers and caregivers is also distributed to accompany the exhibit.

Show Segments

Healthy Moments

At the start of every season 36 episode, before the sponsorship list and opening sequence ran, a "Healthy Moment" segment aired. Many of these included celebrity guests, including astronaut Buzz Aldrin, game show champion Ken Jennings, or singer Alicia Keys. Each segment started out with Muppet vegetables, singing a short jingle with the lyrics "Stay happy, and healthy, on Sesame Street."

Picture Episode Objective Description
Character.rositasfamily
Episode 4096 Nutrition Food Around the World and Eating with Family
Rosita comments that there is great food around the world, and that the best meals happen when she eats with her family. Together, they get ready to eat Chinese food.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)
The Sesame Street Podcast: Dinner

4105 hh trashgordon
Episode 4105 Nutrition Food Equals Energy
Trash Gordon eats a banana to give him the energy to lift up a boulder over his head.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

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Episode 4090 Nutrition Food Equals Energy
Telly dresses himself in an astronaut's helmet and comments that he's running low on energy. Buzz Aldrin suggests that all he needs to do is eat some food.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

Hh.jennings
Episode 4085 Nutrition Fruits
Grover asks Ken Jennings to name something that is sweet and full of vitamins. In the form of a question, Jennings answers, "What is a fruit?" and gets it correct. His prize is a pineapple.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

Hh.healthysnacks
Nutrition Fruits as a Healthy Snack
Samara and Telly say that fruits are good as a healthy snack. Afterwards, Telly tries to figure out what fruit Samara is signing with her hands. He finds out that she wants a banana and they both dance along with two Muppet bananas that pop up.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)
The Sesame Street Podcast: Healthy Snacks

Bert.hh.fruit
Nutrition Fruit Rap
Bert recites a funky rap about fruits.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)
The Sesame Street Podcast: Eat Your Colors

4103.hh
Episode 4103 Nutrition Healthy Choices
Alan informs us to give children lots of options on what healthy food that they can eat. Elmo is trying to decide if he wants to eat an apple, cheese, or broccoli. The foods all jump around in hopes that Elmo will pick them.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

4097.healthyhabits
Episode 4097 Nutrition Trying New Food
Alan says that trying new food is better than eating the same food. Instead of his usual food of porridge, Baby Bear tries whole-grain cereal. He likes the taste of it that he eats up all the cereal from the bowl.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)
The Sesame Street Podcast: Breakfast

Hh.water.maria2
Episode 4107 Nutrition Water
Maria explains how water helps keep your body cool and gives you energy. However, Oscar thinks water is fun to spray Maria with his elephant's trunk.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

HhGordonPlay
Physical Movement Active
Gordon talk about how children should be physically active by running, skipping, or dance. At that moment, the Elephant comes by and ask Gordon if he wants to dance with him.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

Zoe.hh
Physical Movement Dance
Zoe says that dancing is a great way to move the body and makes a person healthy and strong.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)
The Sesame Street Podcast: Dance

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Episode 4101 Physical Movement Exercising with a Ball
Telly and Max play ball with each other by tossing it in the basketball hoop and throwing it to each other. Maria watches and comments that exercising is good for us.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)
The Sesame Street Podcast: Basketball

4084.hh
Episode 4084 Physical Movement Exercising to Music
Elmo and Lang Lang show that exercising to music keeps you in shape and is fun too.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

Froggy Jumps
Episode 4102 Physical Movement Froggy Jumps
Rosita and Dominique Dawes are going to do some froggy jumps because it keeps the body healthy and strong. A frog jumps by and comments, "Nice moves!"


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)
The Sesame Street Podcast: Jump

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Episode 4100 Physical Movement Jumping
Grover encourages viewers to jump near and far, saying that jumping is a great way to exercise. At that moment, Grover slips and falls down. He replies that jumping is fun, but falling down isn't.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

Celeb.aliciakeyes
Episode 4108 Physical Movement Moving Your Body
Alicia Keys says that moving your body is a great way to be healthy and strong, no matter if you move fast or slow. Then she and Elmo start to dance to get their bodies in healthy shape.
4095hh
Episode 4095 Physical Movement Playing Indoors
Gordon explains that there are ways to exercise indoors, when it is raining outside. Big Bird and two kids play with a scarf, dance to music, and have an indoor parade, which Gordon joins.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

Healthyhabits.bike.elmo
Episode 4104 Physical Movement Riding a Bike
Maria asks, "You want to know a great way to stay healthy and strong?" At that moment, kids pass by on their bikes and Elmo comes in on his tricycle with the song, "Riding My Tricycle," playing in the background.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)
The Sesame Street Podcast: Sports

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Episode 4093 Physical Movement Stretching
Shirley Jones tells Zoe that while waiting for the bus, she likes to move her body and stretch her toes and arms to keep them healthy and strong.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)
The Sesame Street Podcast: Stretch

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Episode 4083 Physical Movement Walking
Elmo and Rosita are playing baseball together with Joe Torre watching them. Joe Torre suggests to Elmo that he and Rosita should take a walk, because it's healthy for your lungs, heart and muscles. So Elmo and Rosita decide to stop playing baseball and go for a walk instead.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

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Episode 4092 Physical Movement Walking
Super Grover explains how walking is a super way to be healthy and strong. So instead of flying in the air, Super Grover decides to walk instead.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)
Online: The Sesame Street Podcast: Walk

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Episode 4089 Mental Health Happy
Alison Krauss and Baby Bear tell us to do things that we love to do to make us happy. It will keep our minds healthy and we will also feel good. Baby Bear loves to do drawing and Allison Krauss loves to play music.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)
The Sesame Street Podcast: Play

Healthy habits baby bear
Episode 4087 Mental Health Napping
Papa Bear helps Baby Bear get ready to take a nap at home. Strangely, Baby Bear sleeps standing up next to his bed, with his head on the pillow, uncovered, despite legend saying that his bed was "just right".


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

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Episode 4106 Health How to Stay Healthy in Sign Language
Elmo and members from the Little Theater of the Deaf signed words (jump, run, dance, and rest) to show how to stay healthy.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)
The Sesame Street Podcast: Exercise

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Episode 4088 Health Prevent Germs from Spreading
Richard Kind and Snuffy explain how covering your mouth when coughing, and covering your nose (or snuffle) when sneezing, can prevent germs from spreading.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

Hh.brushteeth
Episode 4086 Hygiene Brushing Teeth
Buster the Horse brushes his teeth to keep them healthy and clean after every meal. It gives him a sparkling smile and makes his breath smell nice and minty too.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)
The Sesame Street Podcast: Brush Your Teeth

Sketches

Seasons 36 and 37 also introduced many new sketches and songs to the show's catalog focusing on nutrition, healthy life styles and hygiene.[1]

Picture Episode Objective Description
4129z
Episode 4129 Nutrition Apple
Amy Sedaris uses an apple to tell the viewer about her favorite snack, although Cookie Monster keeps interrupting her.
Breakfastatnight
Episode 4133 Nutrition "Breakfast Is the Best Meal of the Day"
Ernie sings with a singing banana, toast with eggs and a bowl of oatmeal about how good breakfast can be. By the end, Bert is hungry and ready for breakfast, but Ernie informs him that it's the middle of the night and not time to eat breakfast yet.
Breakfastclub
Episode 4113 Nutrition "The Breakfast Club"
Miles, Zoe, Baby Bear, Elmo, three children, and four Anything Muppets sing about "The Breakfast Club." In order to join this club, all you have to do is be a "breakfast eater." Together, the members of the club sing about all the positive health benefits of this essential morning meal.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

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Episode 4115 Nutrition Fruit Monster
Matt Lauer interviews Cookie Monster and inquires why he has stopped eating cookies. He maintains that while he does like fruit, he still likes cookies as well.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

SometimesFood
Episode 4089 Nutrition "A Cookie is a Sometime Food"
Hoots the Owl explains to Cookie Monster that cookies are foods that you can eat sometimes, but you can eat fruits anytime.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

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Episode 4085 Nutrition Eat to Stay Healthy
Grover asks Maya what people should eat to keep healthy.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

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Episode 4124 Nutrition Favorite Thing to Eat for Breakfast
Murray Monster asks Venetia her favorite thing to eat for breakfast and she said it is eggs.
4115zd
Episode 4115 Nutrition Favorite Fruit
Bernie Broccoli asks Camaria questions about her favorite fruit.
4117x
Episode 4117 Nutrition Favorite Vegetable
Bernie Broccoli guesses Anthony's favorite vegetable.
4124ze
Episode 4124 Nutrition Favorite Veggie
Bernie Broccoli quizzes Pete about his favorite vegetable.
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Episode 4107 Nutrition Food Equals Energy
A six-year-old girl named Carlotta explains how healthy foods give the body energy.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

4109ze
Episode 4109 Nutrition Food Equals Energy
Caroline and Christopher have something to eat for energy.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

4117u
Episode 4089 Nutrition Fruit Dance
Do the Fruit Dance!


Online: Sesamestreet.org

4122bd
Episode 4085 Nutrition Global Grover: French Market
A young girl and her father go shopping at a market in Paris in preparation for a visit with her grandmother.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

Applesong
Episode 4083 Nutrition Healthy Food Song: Apple


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

4132r
Episode 4132 Nutrition Healthy Food Song: Artichoke
Sung by Jennifer Barnhart.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

4124z
Episode 4100 Nutrition Healthy Food Song: Broccoli
Sung by Jennifer Barnhart.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

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Episode 4134 Nutrition Healthy Food Song: Carrots


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

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Episode 4090 Nutrition Healthy Food Song: Corn
Sung by Jerry Nelson.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

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Episode 4092 Nutrition Healthy Food Song: Grapes


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

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Episode 4084 Nutrition Healthy Food Song: Grapefruit


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

4118z
Episode 4085 Nutrition Healthy Food Song: Milk


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

4120as
Episode 4089 Nutrition Healthy Food Song: Pear
Sung by Kevin Clash.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

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Episode 4116 Nutrition Healthy Food Song: Peas
Sung by Jerry Nelson.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

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Episode 4107 Nutrition Healthy Food Song: Potatoes
Sung by Jerry Nelson.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

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Episode 4087 Nutrition Healthy Food Song: Strawberries


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

4128ze
Episode 4088 Nutrition Healthy Food Song: Watermelon
Sung by Jerry Nelson.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

4118za
Episode 4085 Nutrition "Healthy Food"
In a remake of a 1980's sketch, Cookie Monster and Wyclef Jean rap about healthy food.
4112zb
Episode 4084 Nutrition Healthy Snacks
Elmo and Ben pretend to eat healthy snacks. Ben eats applesauce and apples, while Elmo eats a tuna fish sandwich and a pear.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

Muppetkid.elmo
Episode 4089 Nutrition Healthy Snacks
Elmo and Jamie pretend to eat healthy snacks such as broccoli, apples, pears, and bananas.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

4125zc
Episode 4125 Nutrition Healthy Storybook Moments: Hansel and Gretel
The story of Hansel and Gretel backfires when the characters would rather eat bread crumbs than the witch's house!


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

Colorsoftherainbow
Episode 4085 Nutrition "I Eat the Colors of the Rainbow"
A boy sings about colors connecting with specific, healthy foods.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

4120au
Episode 4120 Nutrition Jane Tuesday: Apple
Detective Jane Tuesday looks for a snack that's both crunchy and sweet. She finds it thanks to her brother, munching on an apple.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

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Episode 4096 Nutrition Jane Tuesday: Blueberries
Jane Tuesday eats a tasty blueberry in the Case of the Letter B.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Janetuesdayeatgreen
Episode 4085 Nutrition Jane Tuesday: Green Beans
Jane Tuesday eats tasty green beans and tells us to "Eat Your Colors Today."


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Janetuesday.orange
Episode 4089 Nutrition Jane Tuesday: Orange
Jane Tuesday eats an orange and tells us to "Eat Your Colors."


Online: Sesamestreet.org

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Episode 4100 Nutrition Jane Tuesday: Raspberry
Jane Tuesday eats a tasty red raspberry and tells us to "Eat Your Colors Today."


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Journeytobert
Episode 4108 Nutrition Journey to Bert
Big Bird seeks to find Bert in a Food World.
4111x
Episode 4085 Nutrition "Look What a Carrot Can Do"
A song about how carrots are grown, all the different ways they can be prepared and how they are good for the body.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Boyshhsundae
Nutrition Make Your Own Sundae Sunday
Two boys create ice cream sundaes using low-fat vanilla ice cream, nuts, and a pear.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Mangotango
Episode 4089 Nutrition "The Mango Tango"
Telly and Rosita model excitement about mangoes through song.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Spanishoftheday.zanahoria
Episode 4095 Nutrition The Spanish Word of the Day: "Zanahoria"
Through song, Grover not only teaches young viewers the Spanish word for carrot, but also explains how they are good for the body.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

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Episode 4123 Nutrition Special of the Day
Telly is hungry and calls on Alan at Hooper's Store for lunch. Alex Trebek appears instead, however, and leads him on in a Jeopardy-esque quiz game about food called "Special of the Day."
4117w
Episode 4117 Nutrition Super Wendy
Super Wendy takes her meal home from a restaurant in a to-go box, solving other problems along the way.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

4115zc
Episode 4089 Nutrition Traction Jackson: Fruit Snack Samba
TJ and his dog Bernie sing about choosing fruits as an anytime snack.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

4119zc
Episode 4087 Nutrition Veggie Dance
Do the Veggie Dance!


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Action elephant maria
Episode 4088 Physical Movement Action Elephant: Kick Up Your Feet
The Elephant convinces Maria to move her body by kicking up her feet.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

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Episode 4090 Physical Movement Chasing the Cheese
Telly, Elmo, Zoe, and Baby Bear prepare to chase the cheese for exercise. A sportscaster interviews the participants...and eventually the cheese starts chasing them!


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

4110zg
Episode 4083 Physical Movement Exercise and Favorite Sport
Papa Bear asks Antonio what his favorite sport is and they talk about exercise.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

4109zi
Episode 4109 Physical Movement Healthy Storybook Moments: Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty spends more time dancing and leaping than sleeping. By the time Prince Cha-Cha-Charming walks in, however, she's fast asleep.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

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Episode 4107 Physical Movement Jack Be Tired, Jack Be Slow
Prairie Dawn motivates a sluggish Jack Be Nimble to eat a healthy breakfast so he can have more energy to jump.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

4126za
Episode 4126 Physical Movement Jumping Jacks
Murray Monster demonstrates jumping jacks with Finn.
PlayBall
Episode 4083 Physical Movement "Play Ball Song"
Children are shown being active while having fun playing with age-appropriate balls.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

4112za
Episode 4084 Physical Movement Renoir Exercise
A boy and a girl disagree over a Pierre-Auguste Renoir painting of a lady rowing a boat. The boy thinks its just a painting and its no big deal, but the girl thinks there is a lot going on in the painting. She explains how the lady was strong to row the boat because as a little girl she ate healthy food and exercised a lot.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

4110zd
Episode 4083 Physical Movement "Riding a Tricycle"
Elmo sings while pedaling down Sesame Street.
4122aw
Episode 4090 Physical Movement Splits
Papa Bear has Antonio demonstrate his capability of doing splits.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

Noimage
Physical Movement The 'Can You Do It' Game
Snuffy tries counting to ten while jumping.
4112z
Episode 4084 Physical Movement "Stretch, Wiggle, Yay!"
Slimey and other worms "stretch, wiggle, yay" to Oscar's song parody of "YMCA."


Online: Sesamestreet.org

4116zb
Episode 4088 Physical Movement Your Amazing Body
A young girl shows what she can do with her amazing body and how she keeps it healthy and strong.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

4114zj
Episode 4087 Hygiene Teeth Care
Papa Bear asks Antonio how he takes care of his teeth.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

4117p
Episode 4117 Mental Health Buenas Noches
When Baby Bear goes to sleep, he says "Goodnight." When Rosita goes to sleep, she says "Buenas noches."
4117q
Episode 4117 Mental Health Buenas Noches
A girl says "Buenas noches" and goes to bed.
4121au
Episode 4087 Mental Health Preparing for Bed
A girl takes a bath, and prepares to go to sleep.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

4100.takeabreakwme
Episode 4100 Mental Health "I'm Takin' a Break"
Big Bird wants to take a rest from playing tag with Elmo, but Elmo wants to keep playing. Through song, Big Bird emphasizes the importance of resting to Elmo. When the song is over, they're ready to continue playing tag.


Online: Sesamestreet.org

Sources

  1. Season 36 Press Release

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