News Release

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Contact: George Stinnett, CHKD, (757) 668-7043

Slim Goodbody's "Bodyology" coming to Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. - Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters and Kohl’s Department Stores present internationally acclaimed performer and educator, Slim Goodbody and his entertaining musical production – “Bodyology” -- that teaches children about the human body and what it takes to keep it healthy. Topics include basic anatomy, nutrition, exercise, obesity prevention, hygiene, and other healthy habits. He will be performing at the TCC Roper Theater on October 6th, 2008. There will be two one hour morning shows: 10:00 a.m. and 11:50 a.m.

Dressed in a colorful body suit illustrated with the organs, skeleton and muscles, Slim Goodbody sings, talks and employs a multi-media show to illustrate his message to children in grades K-5.

"The show was not only fun for the children, it was also very informative," Mussarut Jabeen, a teacher in Raleigh, North Carolina, said after last year's performance. "The kids shared the information when they came back to school. It left an imprint on their minds." "I was especially fond of how you taught us through music instead of a long boring lecture," commented one sixth-grader after a show.

Slim Goodbody has been going strong for over thirty years. "I'm on my second generation of kids now," said John Burstein.

Actor, writer and producer Burstein created Slim Goodbody in 1971, right out of college. Starting in 1977, he spent four years playing his character twice weekly on the Captain Kangaroo television show. This stint was followed by eight different series of his own on PBS and two on Nickelodeon. Currently Slim Goodbody programs are seen on Public Television and Discovery Education.

Besides the various series, Burstein has produced an award-winning public television special on AIDS, several videos on children's health and written three book series, with another series, focused on curbing childhood obesity, in the works. A five-part series entitled Life Skills 101 won a Parents Choice Gold Award in 2005.

'Goodbody' also writes the songs for his widely distributed, award-winning programs and videos. TV statistics show that 85 percent of households in the U.S. receive Slim Goodbody programs, and his shows have aired in Canada, Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan and Malaysia.

"I was especially fond of how you taught us through music instead of a long boring lecture," commented one sixth-grader after a show.

Burstein's work has been featured in publications as diverse as TV Guide, The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, Nick Jr., Parents, Prevention, New York Magazine, People and an array of the country's top newspapers. He has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, hundreds of different news shows, and featured on National Public Radio. Goodbody has been celebrated by Bono and parodied by Conan O’Brian in a running skit called 'Slim Organbody.'

Besides the wide variety of health programs, Burstein, 56, has created a reading readiness series with the International Reading Association (IRA) used by many state departments of education and an elementary math series called Math Monsters developed in cooperation with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

Burstein, as Slim Goodbody, tours the country annually, performing for hundreds of thousands of children in auditoriums in more than 80 cities. In 1980, he created “Slimstitutes,” a company of young actors who have now entertained more than 250,000 students by performing in elementary schools throughout the country dressed in the Slim Goodbody costume.

Burstein has worked collaboratively with many organizations to promote children's health, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Osteopathic Association, the American Red Cross, the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts of America, as well as several state departments of education.

The program is co-presented by CHKD and Kohl’s as part of a year-long series of educational programs for professionals, parents and children. The series is made possible, in part, by a $68,800 grant from Kohl’s through the Kohl’s Cares for Kids Campaign.

Tickets are available on line at All seats must be pre-ordered. The price for child or adult is $6.50.