Music, jokes and fun were out front in Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theatre performance of "The Best Me" at Cambridge Elementary School in Concord, but the message was clear.
"The Best Me" play follows four school friends who learn the importance of healthy eating, active living and working together.
At the Cambridge presentation Feb. 27, families enjoyed dinner and the show, commenting that it was fun, and sent a positive message to kids and parents about the importance of health, said Deniene Erickson, Kaiser regional media relations specialist, in a news release.
Last August, the Monument Community Partnership and Healthy and Active Before 5 received a $1 million, three-year grant from Kaiser Permanente to promote healthy eating and active living in Concord's Monument Corridor through a fund established at the East Bay Community Foundation, she noted.
The investment is part of Kaiser's $10 million HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) Zones initiative across Northern California, designed to help make healthy choices accessible to more people in underserved communities, Erickson said.
At the end of the program, third-, fourth- and fifth-graders danced with the performers and received a "Best Me" T-shirt as a reminder of healthy commitments.