If you’ve been to Disney in the last few months, you may have noticed a difference in the menu choices, not only for adults, but also for the kids.
This is just one part of a whole new initiative that Disney has designed to help partner with parents in their quest to raise healthy, happy kids.
The campaign draws on the many assets and platforms of The Walt Disney Company and builds on the momentum of landmark nutritional guidelines introduced in 2006 associating Disney brands and characters with a more nutritionally balanced range of foods. Disney Magic of Healthy Living reinforces the work of parents by helping inspire kids to live healthy lifestyles. The initiative also provide parents with resources and tools for healthy living that can be woven into the fabric of everyday life in fun, easy and sustainable ways.
• Public service announcements featuring First Lady Michelle Obama and young Disney stars.
• Dedicated healthy living websites for kids and parents.
• A national contest for kids with winners invited to Disney Magic of Healthy Living—The Weekend event at Walt Disney World Resort.
• A $1 million contribution which will help build much-needed playgrounds and gardens in underserved communities across the U.S.
As part of the Disney Social Media Event, we were invited to attend a Question and Answer time where some of Disney’s favorite Disney Channel stars and Disney Chefs answered questions about this initiative alongside other questions like ‘how to incorporate healthy living within our home and community’.
Disney also has a great web site that provides not only great ideas as to how to incorporate healthy living into your home, but tons of recipes, exercise routines, and family activities can be found there.
Disney Magic of Healthy Living on the Web
Information at Your Fingertips Disney Magic of Healthy Living offers online information for kids and for parents on two new dedicated web sites:
• On Disney.com/healthy fun, kids are inspired by their favorite Disney stars while learning everything from the latest dance move to easy, nutritious snacks they can make after school.
• On Family.com/healthy magic, parents have access to a number of resources to help make healthy living fun for the whole family — from nutritious family meals to articles from leading experts.
After the Q & A, we were treated to an AMAZING dinner that was created by the Disney Chef’s to be not only healthy but delicious.
Sitting there reading the menu, I was so both excited and a little nervous to try what they had planned. But you.. with Disney it’s going to be good.. and it was.
Each dish had distinct flavors and even made a good impression on my one daughter who can be quite picky.
Our menu consisted of items like:
Heirloom Tomato Water with Basil Essence and White Balsamic
Fregola, Lentils, Quinoa and Burgundy Amaranth
Pan Seared Poulet Rouge Breast with Heirloom Beans
and so much more.
It was a great evening of fun and healthy living info, topped off by watching Mickey Mouse break it down on the dance floor.
Also, while at the parks and resorts over the weekend, I noticed that Disney has changed it’s menu options for a lot of their kids meals. Instead of highlighting French fries as a side dish (they are still available), healthier options are noted – like apple sauce, grapes, and carrot sticks. I think this is a great idea and will help encourage our kids to eat healthier even on vacation.
To find out more information about Disney’s Magic of Healthy Living – check out their web site!
* I attended the Disney Social Media Event Weekend at a discounted rate. Our package included a resort stay and park tickets. All opinions and thoughts are 100% all mine.