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Kidzeum Joins First Lady and Let's Move!
August 4, 2011 3:37 PM | Tagged as Childhood Obesity, First Lady Michelle Obama, Healthy Choices, Kidzeum, Let's Move!, nutrition
The Kidzeum of Health and Science announced join the Let's Move! initiative started by the First Lady Michelle Obama and Institute of Museum and Library Services Director Susan Hildreth. The national initiative will provide opportunities for millions of museum and garden visitors to learn about healthy food choices and will promote physical activity through interactive exhibits and programs. 
In a press conference earlier in June, Mrs. Obama said, "Everyday, in museums...and so many other places, you expose our children to new ideas and inspire them to stretch their imaginations. You teach them new skills and new ways of thinking. And you instill a love of learning that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Every day, you all make such a difference in the lives of our children. And that’s why I’m so excited to work with you on an issue that is so critical to their health and well-being."
Developed in coordination with national museum and garden leaders, Let’s Move! Museums has four priorities and corresponding goals associated with the initiative:
  • Priority #1: Eat healthy, get active exhibits 
  • Priority #2: Learning about Healthy Choices through afterschool, summer and other programs 
  • Priority #3: Healthy food service
  • Priority #4: Learning about healthy food choices and physical activity using food service operation
All of the Let's Move! priorities are a natural fit for Kidzeum because of our focus on health and science throughout all three Gallery areas. The Healthy Community, Healthy Body, and Healthy Earth & Environment Galleries will all provide related programming, exhibits, and learning opportunities that address the criteria as a Let's Move! partner. Kidzeum visitors will be able to participate in exercise-manipulated engagements to perform an activity in the Healthy Community Gallery, or learn how food is digested in the Healthy Body Gallery, or understand how the environment plays a big part on health.
For these reasons and more, Kidzeum is proud to join fourteen other parks, gardens, zoos, and children's museums in Illinois in the Let's Move! campaign. This call to action to end childhood obesity is so vital for our youth and necessary for our entire community to support. For more information on the Let's Move! effort, please visit www.kidzeum.org.

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