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January 14, 2013

Kaiser Permanente’s ‘The Amazing Food Detective’ Premieres On Maui

Educational Theatre Program teaches children healthy eating and active living habits at four Valley Isle schools

WAILUKU, Hawaii — The Amazing Food Detective,” an interactive educational performance presented by Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program, visited Maui for the first time this week to deliver performances at Kahului, Kihei, Princess Nahi‘ena‘ena and Waihee Elementary schools.

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“The Amazing Food Detective” was developed in partnership with Kapolei Performing Arts Center on Oahu to promote healthy living and active living habits through engaging, live performances.

“ ‘The Amazing Food Detective’ is part of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii’s ongoing efforts to address the epidemic of childhood obesity,” said David Ulin, MD, a pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente’s Maui Lani Clinic. “This educational performance builds on our Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) approach to prevent obesity and chronic health conditions. HEAL takes childhood health beyond the doctor’s office by surrounding kids with healthy messages and opportunities to make healthier choices.”

The “Amazing Food Detective” tells a story its audience can relate to, about a young soccer player suddenly too weak and weary to help his team in a big game. The audience is encouraged to help solve the mystery of why the player feels weak and in the course of solving the mystery, “The Amazing Food Detective” teaches students how to think about what they eat and how they spend their time.

The performance was developed in collaboration with Kaiser Permanente physicians, health educators and community advisory groups to ensure that the content is aligned with best practices in medicine and education, and that it is fun and well-received by audiences. ETP’s mission is to inspire audiences to make informed decisions about their health and to build stronger, healthier neighborhoods. Its presentations are delivered to schools and community venues throughout the state. The performances are augmented by study guides for teachers and take-home materials for students.


The ETP is a key component of Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to creating total health through prevention and health education. Last year, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii donated $268,000 to support HEAL-related programs including initiatives to engage keiki in physical activity, childhood obesity prevention and diabetes management programs, farmers markets, and school gardens to improve nutrition in schools.

More information about Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program can be found at www.kp.org/etp.

About Kaiser Permanente Hawaii
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has provided total health to the people of Hawaii for more than 50 years, with physicians who are members of the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, the largest multi-specialty physician group practice in the state of Hawaii. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. kp.org for additional information. Become a fan of good health with Kaiser Permanente Hawaii: Like our page at facebook.com/KPHawaii and follow @KPHawaii on Twitter.