TVOKids Don't Sit Still Tour presents two special performances in Richmond Hill on Canada Day Wednesday July 1, 2009



    
    Free live stage shows motivate kids to get active, eat right and have
    fun.
    

    TORONTO, June 16 /CNW/ - TVOKids and the Don't Sit Still Tour bring their
high-energy live stage show to the Town of Richmond Hill's Canada Day
celebrations at Richmond Green Park, Wednesday July 1 2009.
    In keeping with Richmond Hill's "Get Healthy, Get Active" theme for this
year's celebrations, two performances of the Don't Sit Still show, each
featuring TVOKids hosts Jackie and Ryan, will take place in Richmond Green
Park at 1300 Elgin Mills Road East. Show times are 11:45 am and 2 pm. Each
show runs approximately 40 minutes.
    "We're hearing more and more about how key exercise and nutrition are to
kids' success in school," says Lisa de Wilde, TVO's Chief Executive Officer.
"That's why TVO is taking our inspiring Don't Sit Still message to communities
across Ontario. Like everything TVOKids does, the DSS tour is all about
empowering kids to get energized for learning."
    The TVOKids Don't Sit Still Tour is presented by EatRight Ontario, with
sponsorship in part by Egg Farmers of Ontario. The much loved TVOKids hosts
Mark, Jackie and Ryan travel to communities across Ontario to perform in this
free dynamic stage show that encourages a healthy, active lifestyle. Young
audiences and their families can enjoy new songs, new dance moves and non-stop
opportunities to join in and follow along. And as a memento of the show and
its message of healthy living and eating, kids receive free Don't Sit Still
gift bags.
    "Encouraging children to be more active every day is vital to good health
and well-being," says Margarett Best, Ontario's Minister of Health Promotion.
"The TVOKids Don't Sit Still Tour is a great way to deliver this very
important message to children and their parents in communities throughout
Ontario."
    Want to be part of the show? Kids can enter the TVOKids Healthy Hot Seat
Contest for a chance to be on stage with the TVOKids hosts during the Don't
Sit Still show. Winners also receive TVOKids merchandise prize packs. Kids can
register online for a chance to win, or to find more information, at
tvokids.com/dss.
    "What's really cool about the Don't Sit Still Tour is we get kids excited
about getting active," says TVOKids host Ryan Field." You'll see kids having
fun singing and dancing with us, and they don't even know that while they're
moving they're actually learning about active lifestyles and healthy eating.
Mark and Jackie and I have a blast travelling across Ontario because we get to
connect with TVOKids fans face to face!"
    Also new this year are nutrition booths set up near the stage, where kids
and families can drop by to ask questions and pick up tips and information
from Registered Dietitians and nutritionists from EatRight Ontario and Egg
Farmers of Ontario.
    "This sponsorship is a great opportunity for us to provide Ontario
families with information about the nutritional importance of eggs, and offer
fast and delicious recipes to prepare them," said Carolynne Griffith, Chair of
the Egg Farmers of Ontario.
    This is the first year that the dynamic Don't Sit Still shows are part of
the town of Richmond Hill's Canada Day celebrations, which include a full
lineup of entertainment and activities. Gates open at 11 am, with the day
culminating at 10 pm in the largest municipal fireworks display in Canada.
Admission is free: visitors are asked to bring a donation of a non-perishable
food item to benefit the Richmond Hill Food Bank. For additional information,
visit www.richmondhill.ca/canadaday or call the Richmond Hill CANADA DAY
HOTLINE at 905.771.5466.
    Following these two Canada Day performances, the TVOKids Don't Sit Still
Tour, now in its eighth season, resumes in the fall. For the latest
information on shows ahead, visit tvokids.com/dss.

    About TVO
    TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and
stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to be
engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. For more information,
visit tvo.org.

    Where to find TVO
    Cable channel 2 (channel may vary in some areas), Bell TV channel 265,
Star Choice channel 353.





For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Anne Rubenstein, TVO
Communications, (416) 484-2600 ext. 2881, arubenstein@tvo.org; Andrea
Franklin, TVO Marketing, (416) 484-2600 ext. 2202, afranklin@tvo.org; Suzanne
Gaudet, Special Events Services, Parks, Recreation & Culture, Town of Richmond
Hill, (905) 771-5507, sgaudet@richmondhill.ca, www.richmondhill.ca


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