Slim’s #1 Fan of the Month!

Sarah grew up watching Slim Goodbody and now takes her daughter, Heather to see his live shows. Read all about why and how she keeps the healthy habits alive in her family through Slim Goodbody…

I grew up in the 80’s with health conscious parents and PBS television. For me, my brothers, and sister, Slim Goodbody was FUN T.V! For my parents it was a stepping stone to learning. Now, as a parent I want my daughter to have the same « quality programming » that PBS was once famous for and I try to seek out the classic episodes from my childhood.  My daughter, Heather was 2 when she first asked « How does my body make blood? » and each answer led to more questions…I knew I was in for it! So, I looked up and found the live shows. When we were sitting there during the show and Slim started singing « Down, Down, Down… » The first thought in my mind was of the episode from The Inside Story about Digestion and (after looking it up for accuracy) the story of William Beaumont and the Human Digestion System. We are a music-oriented family and the songs from Slim’s Bodiology CD are the first choice on car rides. Each song sparks a conversation on how the body works. I love how Slim always goes into the details on each subject…the kids think it is fun but even if they don’t realize it, he is getting them to THINK about what he is singing…that’s just how songs work! 🙂 Growing up with Slim Goodbody made it easy to talk about how the body works. It set up an open communication about normal body function and was a great ice breaker for the tougher subjects of growing up. I hope that by starting early to talk about normal body development that my now 5 year old will ALWAYS feel open to talking about changes she goes through during her life. Right now its « Am I tall enough for the water slide? » or « When will my 1st tooth fall out? » but let’s be honest…the real questions are yet to come! 🙂

Thank you for being there for us Slim!

Sarah and Heather – Floral City, FL

Calling all Slim Goodbody fans!

Calling all Slim Goodbody Fans, past and present!
Did you watch Slim on PBS back in the day? Do you take your kids to see his live shows now? If so, we want to meet you and feature you in a new series, « Slim Goodbody Fan of the Month! »
Three Ways to Enter:
1) Get Creative! Post photos demonstrating why you are Slim’s
biggest fan on our Facebook Page (ideas: wearing the body suit, at a show,
holding his old records, etc.)
2) Leave a comment here on our blog telling us your favorite Slim Goodbody moment
3) Send us an email with photos and/or memories of Slim to:
Monthly Winners Receive:
1) An autographed photo of Slim
2) A Slim Goodbody T-shirt
3) A shout-out on here our Blog and FB Page
We are currently searching for our 1st Slim Fan of the Month, so enter now!

Try the new Daily Almanac!

Need a way to keep your kids intellectually stimulated this summer and all year long?
Start each day the smart way with…
Jump start every day with Slim Goodbody’s Daily Almanac. It’s the 365 day educational series that builds character, recalls historic events, explains the world’s science extremes, teaches a word-a-day and provides tips for healthier living for you and the planet!
Recommended for grade levels K-5. Slim Goodbody’s Daily Almanac is loaded with high-interest information presented in a lively format that combines music, archival visuals, original artwork, photos and animation.
Watch your first episode for FREE!  Click here.

5 minute videos are divided into these unique curriculum-related segments:

Social Studies: « This Day in History »
Language Arts: « Word Power »
Science: « Extremes »
Health Education: « Daily Tips »
Civics and Character: « We the People »
Environment: « Earth Alert »

Target Field Trip Grants

Is your school low on $$$?
Apply for a Target Field trip grant and receiving funding to see Slim Goodbody LIVE on his National Tour this Fall! Teach your kids the importance of good health with this wonderful opportunity from Target!
Application Session opens on August 1st.
Click here for more details:

Safe Summer Fun Series – Part 4: PEDAL POWER

PEDAL POWER: Summer is the perfect time for long bike rides with friends! Riding a bicycle lets you go where you want to go using your own muscle power. Never forget that a bicycle is not a toy. If it is not in good shape, it can be dangerous to ride. To be sure your bike is safe, do a safety check before you pedal off. If anything is wrong, ask a grown-up to help fix the problem.
Here is how to do a full Bike Safety Check in 9 Easy Steps:

1) Check your tires.

Do they need air?

2) Check the brakes.

Do they stop the wheels from moving?

3) Check your handlebars.

Are they tight and straight?

4) Check your lights.

Is there one in front and one in back?

5) Check your bell or horn.

Is it working?

6) Check your seat.

Is it on tight and at the right height?

7) Check the pedals.

Is anything caught in them?

8) Check the wheels.

Are any spokes broken or missing?

9) Check the chain.

Is it well oiled?

If all 9 questions answer « YES », then you are good to go!

2012 Olympic Games – Slim’s Fun Facts for Kids!

Hi there – I’m having such a great time watching the 2012 Summer Olympics with my family! I’m using it as an opportunity to teach my son about the importance of sportsmanship, setting goals and working hard to achieve them. Here are some educational (and really interesting!) facts about the Olympic Games that I put together for you to share with your kids. 
Don’t forget: this is a great opportunity to keep them engaged and learning all summer long! – Slim
  • The first Olympics took place in Olympia, Greece more than 2700 years ago!
  • The modern Olympic event, Boxing, was also part of the ancient olympics.
  • 1500 years passed between the end of the ancient olympics and the beginning of the modern Olympics.
  • The Olympic rings stand for “concordance” or “harmony” among nations.
  • At first, the Olympics were only 1 day long.
  • The early Olympic Games were celebrated as a religious festival from 776 B.C. until 393 A.D., when the games were banned for being a pagan festival (the Olympics celebrated the Greek god Zeus). In 1894, a French educator Baron Pierre de Coubertin, proposed a revival of the ancient tradition, and thus the modern-day Olympic Summer Games were born.
  • Host Greece won the most medals (47) at the first Olympic Summer Games in 1896.
  • The first Winter Olympic Games were held in Chamonix, France in 1924.
  • Norway has won the most medals (263) at the Winter Games.
  • The United States has won more medals (2,189) at the Summer Games than any other country.
  • Up until 1994 the Olympics were held every four years. Since then, the Winter and Summer games have alternated every two years.
  • The first Olympics covered by U.S. television was the 1960 Summer Games in Rome by CBS.
  • No country in the Southern Hemisphere has ever hosted a Winter Games.
  • Three continents – Africa, South America, and Antarctica – have never hosted an Olympics.
  • A record 202 countries participated in the 2004 Olympic Summer Games in Athens.
  • Only four athletes have ever won medals at both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games: Eddie Eagan (United States), Jacob Tullin Thams (Norway), Christa Luding-Rothenburger (East Germany), and Clara Hughes (Canada).
  • Speed skater Bonnie Blair has won six medals at the Olympic Winter Games. That’s more than any other American athlete.
  • Nobody has won more medals at the Winter Games than cross-country skier Bjorn Dählie of Norway, who has 12.
  • Larrisa Latynina, a gymnast from the former Soviet Union, finished her Summer Olympic Games career with 18 total medals—the most in history.
  • The Summer Olympic sports are archery, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, canoe / kayak, cycling, diving, equestrian, fencing, field hockey, gymnastics, handball, judo, modern pentathlon (shooting, fencing, swimming, show jumping, and running), mountain biking, rowing, sailing, shooting, soccer, swimming, synchronized swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, track and field, triathlon (swimming, biking, running), volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, and wrestling.
  • The Winter Olympic sports are alpine skiing, biathlon (cross-country skiing and target shooting), bobsled, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hocky, luge, Nordic combined (ski jumping and cross-country skiing), skeleton, ski jumping, snowboarding, and speed skating.
What is the Olympic creed?
« The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well. »


Are the gold medals real gold?
No! They were solid gold until 1912, but are now silver covered with a thin layer of gold.
Why do we have the Olympic rings as the emblem of the Olympic Games?
The five interlocking rings (blue, yellow, black, green, and red respectively) of the emblem was originally designed in 1913 by Pierre de Coubertin, to symbolize the five continents of the world taking part in the Olympic Games (the Americas are viewed as a single continent, and Antarctica is omitted).
Did women compete in this first modern Olympic Games?
No! Women began to compete in 1900. For many years there were problems for the women athletes about what to wear, because it was considered very rude to show any part of the body or even the shape of the body! Can you imagine trying to run and jump covered from head to foot in clothes?
The Children’s Promise
The Olympic games are a great chance for adults and children to come together and celebrate sport. That’s why the people in charge of the Olympic games in London have come up with something called the ‘Children’s Promise’. Every child born in the UK on the 20th December 2004 will have the opportunity to play a special part in the 2012 Olympic games. There will be many ceremonies and events happening during the 2012 Olympics, and the Children’s Promise children will be invited to take part in all the excitement.

National Tour Dates

Dates for our award-winning National Tours Lighten Up! and Bodyology have officially been released! Here is what people are saying about the show: « It was the best fieldtrip ever! Our students learned so much and it fit right in with our curriculum on health and nutrition. » – Teacher, Georgia
Bodyology is a 1 hour theatrical show that explores the inner workings of the human body along with the health practices required to care for it.
Lighten Up! addresses the problem of childhood obesity. It is a highly interactive, 50-minute musical show designed to help children, in grades K-6, learn the value of exercise and good nutrition. The show deals with the serious problems of excess weight and obesity in an entertaining and totally non-threatening way. Children are encouraged to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors needed to make health-enhancing choices. In every musical number, the kids participate, by answering questions, volunteering, and moving along with Slim.

Visit our website for the full National Tour schedule!

Calling all Home Schoolers!

Here at Slim Goodbody HQ, we are so excited about our latest and greatest creation –
Slim Goodbody’s Daily Almanac!
 It’s the 365 day educational series that builds character, recalls historic events, explains the world’s science extremes, teaches a « word-a-day » and provides tips for healthier living for you and the planet! Recommended for grade levels K-5. 
And here’s where we need your help! We are looking for 5 Home School Families to demo Slim Goodbody’s Daily Almanac and provide us with your invaluable feedback. We are offering a FREE 10  Day Trial to five families who promise to dedicate five minutes every morning to educating their children in this new, interactive way.

Please leave us a comment below if you know the right family for this opportunity. We look forward to hearing from you! Until then, please enjoy this preview….

2012/2013 National Tour Dates Announced!

Teach Kids how to properly Stretch

If someone is flexible, it means that their muscles and bones can move freely without feeling tight or stiff. Try this experiment and see how flexible you are:

Stand with your legs straight and knees bent a tiny bit. Bend forward and try to touch the floor. If you can reach your knees only, your muscles are tight. If you can touch your toes, your muscles are flexible. Flexible muscles let you bend, stretch, twist, and move freely. Stretching exercises help you become more flexible. On the next pages, you will find six stretching exercises that you can try.

Here are tips for doing them safely:

  1. Always warm up. Jog in place a couple of minutes before starting.
  2. Do the exercises slowly.
  3. Breathe!
  4. Hold each stretch for 3 to 5 seconds.
  5. Stretch only until you can feel the muscle working.
  6. If you feel pain, stop.
  7. Never bounce while stretching.
    8. Try to stretch a little bit more each day but not too much!