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Be a healthy hero at Sesame Street


August 24. 2013 9:49AM
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LIMA — How many healthy habits does it take to become a super hero?



Find out this week when “Elmo’s Super Heroes” sing and dance and clap you into a healthier you during three shows at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.



“This is a great show that transcends all generations," said Jerald Bolden, aka “Big Bird” in a telephone interview last week with The Lima News. For his part, Big Bird helps everyone realize that it takes the right amount of sleep to keep a person healthy.



That’s just one of the healthy issues Sesame Street characters present to Super Grover as they help him regain his superness. You see, Sesame Street needs a hero, and Super Grover has always filled the bill. Until, that is, he loses his superness.



“We highlight a lot of healthy habits. We discuss exercise and healthy eating, along with sleeping,” Bolden said. And of course, all Sesame Street learning comes with a healthy dose of singing and dancing thrown in.



For Bolden, staying healthy is important as the 6-foot actor works hard to manuever the 9-foot character he portrays in this national tour.



“I grew up on Sesame Street. Growing up in a theater family, I have always watched and analyzed Big Bird’s style. And the main thing with Big Bird is not to be intimidating,” Bolden said.



Indeed, Big Bird is one of the few Sesame Street characters that never leaves the stage. And that’s all because of size.



“I’m too tall to leave the stage. The other characters are a little more mobile,” he said.



On tour since September, the show heads to China later this year, which amazes Bolden. “Sesame Street, or versions of it, really is all over the world. It’s a great show with great lessons,” he said.



“I just really hope people come and have a great time. This is a very interactive show where we encourage everyone to stand up and dance and sing along,” he said.






Big Bird


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