Vacation Station

I am the Fit Generation; Vacation Station

VACATION STATION 2011 “I am the Fit Generation”

Pick up your free MPTV VACATION STATION booklet at your local public library. There are puzzles, games, craft projects, healthy recipes, a summer book list and a chance to enter a “healthy habits” prize drawing. Become part of the “Fit Generation.”

While you are at the library, be sure to sign up for summer reading and make the most of your summer vacation. Get healthy! Stay smart!

VACATION STATION 2011 FREE WORKSHOPS
“Food for Thought”

The MPTV/Sesame Street workshops are designed for children aged 4-8. Parents and caregivers are invited to join in the fun at the following public libraries:

  • Center Street Library
  • Bay View Library
  • Martin Luther King Library
  • Central Library
  • Thursday, June 16 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, June 30 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 18 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, August 20 at 10:30 a.m.

Listen to a story, play a game, learn about the “Super Foods” and how to make a healthy side dish or snack with MPTV's Darlyne Haertlein. Adults will receive an English/Spanish Sesame Street “Food for Thought” packet that includes a DVD, recipe cards and lots of ideas for eating well on a budget. Children will receive a surprise take-home item.

Registration is required. Space is limited. (Adults attending the workshop with their children will also be included in the count.) To register for a workshop, call the library reference center at 414-286-3011.

Please note: there will not be any Sesame Street characters present at the workshop.

VACATION STATION Q & A : FOOD FACTS AND MYTHS

  • Q:  Do carrots help you see in the dark?
  • A:  Carrots are rich in vitamin A, which plays an important role in sight. If you didn't eat any vitamin A, your eyes would have difficulty adjusting to low light. However, eating tons of carrots will not improve your vision.
  • Q:  Does spinach make you stronger?
  • A:  Spinach has iron in it and a lot of vitamin A, and that's good. But it won't build instant muscles like it does on cartoon shows.
  • Q:  Can an apple a day really keep the doctor away?
  • A:  An apple is a good source of fiber. Fiber is needed to help food move through your intestine. And the apple peel is loaded with vitamin C...so don't cut it off. An apple can't guarantee perfect health, but it certainly is nutritious.
  • Q:  Does one rotten apple really spoil the bunch?
  • A:  This old saying is true! A rotten apple lets off a gas that signals other apples to ripen and rot faster.
  • Q:  Is brown sugar healthier than refined white sugar?
  • A:  No. Brown sugar is just a mixture of white sugar and molasses.

VACATION STATION RIDDLES (answers below)

  • 1. If eggs can be laid at the rate of eight every seven days, how many can a rooster lay in sixteen days?
  • A.  56
  • B.  128
  • C.  07
  • D.  None

2. Forward, I'm heavy, backwards I'm not. What am I?

3. What is pronounced as one letter, has two different letters and written in three? It could be brown, blue, gray or black. It's read from both ends, and the same either way. What do you think it is?

  • Answers to the riddles:
  • 1. D (none) Roosters don't lay eggs!
  • 2. ton and not
  • 3. an eye

For more information about the Vacation Station project, contact Darlyne Haertlein, Outreach Services, 414-297-7518.