Cookie Monster

This Monster Bites Back

Cookie Monster was Never Veggie Monster

In 2006, in response to growing concerns about record levels of childhood obesity in the United States, Sesame Street began airing segments titledHealthy Habits for Life. In these segments, the Muppet characters of Sesame Street talk about healthy habits, such as eating properly and exercising. The Healthy Habits for Life segments spawned Internet rumors that Cookie Monster's name had been changed to Veggie Monster or would be taken off the show entirely.

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