Philadelphia, PA - November 20, 2006 - PBS KIDS Sprout, the
first and only 24-hour preschool destination available on TV, on
demand and online for kids ages 2-5 and their parents and
caregivers, announces the first ever "Sprout Diner Contest,"
running November 23 through December 31, 2006.
PBS KIDS Sprout is looking for participants to submit a tasty,
fun and healthy recipe named for Thomas the Tank Engine™ (for
example, "Choo Choo Chopped Salad" or "Thomas' Tasty Tomato
Dip"). Sprout will be accepting contest entries through the
end of December and the winner will be chosen in the new
year. The winning recipe will be animated and presented on an
upcoming episode of Sprout Diner. For the official rules and
requirements, please go to www.sproutonline.com
"Spending time in the kitchen together cooking and sharing the
fun of preparing family meals is a great way for parents and their
preschoolers to bond," said Andrew Beecham, senior vice president
of programming for PBS KIDS Sprout. "We wanted to combine
this family ritual with a way to promote healthy eating in a fun
and friendly way. It will be exciting for the winning family
to see their creation come to life on Sprout Diner."
Designed to encourage preschool children to eat nutritious
foods, Sprout Diner also inspires parents and caregivers with
healthy eating ideas. Each animated short-form episode
features its own nutritious and fun recipe inspired by popular
preschool characters like Barney, Elmo, the Teletubbies, Noddy,
Sagwa, Caillou and the Berenstain Bears. Sprout Diner owner
Brussel Sprout, his daughter Bean and her daughter Alfalfa create
the healthy dishes for each character that calls in to order after
a hard day's play.
Children and their parents are encouraged to visit www.sproutonline.com to
download the recipes so they can make them together at home.
KidsHealth.org, a national non-profit children's health
organization and the web's most visited children's health site,
were nutritional consultants for the recipes which include yummy,
healthy treats like Bob's Berry Delicious Shake, Elmo's Funny Face
Pizza Pies and Barney's Purple Hummus Dip.
PBS KIDS SproutSM, the first and only 24-hour preschool
destination available on TV, on demand and online for kids ages 2-5
and their parents and caregivers, was created as a partnership
among Comcast Corporation, the country's leading provider of cable,
entertainment and communications products and services; HIT
Entertainment, a leading provider of quality entertainment for
young children; PBS (Public Broadcasting Service), the most trusted
distributor of award-winning children's programming; and Sesame
Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame
Since debuting its video on demand (VOD) service in April 2005,
PBS KIDS Sprout has become the #1 Kids On Demand service,
generating over 100 million orders since launch. The 24-hour
digital channel, which launched in September 2005 along with the
website (www.sproutonline.com), is
available on digital cable and satellite to 20 million committed
subscribers. The network's program lineup of gold-standard,
curriculum-based children's shows includes: Sesame Street®,
Bob the Builder™, Barney & Friends™, Thomas & Friends™,
Angelina Ballerina™, Sagwa: The Chinese Siamese Cat™,
Caillou™, The Berenstain Bears™, Jay Jay the Jet Plane™,
Teletubbies™, Dragon Tales™, Pingu™, Make Way For Noddy™, Jakers!
The Adventures of Piggley Winks™, and more.
PBS KIDS Sprout