“Platypus Day” comes on the heels of the Habit Heroes closure

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Michelle Obama does "The Platypus Walk" ©The Walt Disney Company

Michelle Obama does "The Platypus Walk" ©The Walt Disney Company

Disney Vacation Guide: Doing the Platypus Walk on Platypus Day

Disney sure has been making headlines lately, related to the commitment the company has made to inspire families to become more active and to make healthier lifestyle choices.

Magic of Healthy Living

It started a few years back with Disney’s progressive decision to put fresh produce and low fat dairy options at the forefront of children’s meals, leaving sugary drinks and french fries in the shadows (Kids can still have these options, but fruit and veggies and milk are the default choices). Many visitors to Disney  World are quite surprised at how easy it is to find fresh salads, fruit and other healthful foods.

Disney joins forces with Michelle Obama

This commitment to good health and wellness was solidified even further when Disney joined forces with Michelle Obama in rolling out The First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative in a battle against childhood obesity in the United States.

Do “The Platypus Walk”

When Michelle Obama visited Disney World in February, she joined a cast of Disney stars – including Perry the Platypus from the #1 animated series for tweens and kids, “Phineas and Ferb” – and a crowd of families to perform the moves to “The Platypus Walk.”

“The Platypus Walk” is a very catchy spy-surf-rock song and dance which was designed, once again, as part of Disney’s commitment to getting kids more active.

March 3 is Platypus Day!

“Phineas and Ferb” fans are sitting on the edge of their seats in anticipation of the March 3 debut of “The Platypus Walk” music video on Disney Channel and Disney XD. (Learn the moves and practice “The Platypus Walk” so you’ll be ready for the video!)

To add to the excitement, a brand new episode of “Phineas and Ferb” (featuring lots of Perry the Platypus) will air this evening at 8pm ET/PT.

Saturday morning, an 11-hour marathon of “Phineas and Ferb” gets underway, starting with yet another new episode called, “Perry the Actorpus.”

Habit Heroes: Did Disney take its commitment to wellness too far?

Disney recently closed a controversial Epcot exhibit that just opened (with a soft launch) early in February. Habit Heroes is being “retooled” in response to an outcry from concerned guests and medical professionals who claimed the attraction did nothing more than shame children into trying to lose weight.

The attraction had children join a battle against the bad habits, personified by obese cartoon characters with names like The Glutton and Lead Bottom. Their crimes? Things like inactivity, binging, and watching too much TV.

There is still much debate around whether the Epcot exhibit should have closed for reworking as it did, or if it should have been left as is.

Tell us…

What do you think of everything Disney is doing to encourage us to make better lifestyle choices?