HEALTHYVILLE® IS COMING TO LONGVIEW WORLD OF WONDERS
Nationally touring exhibit on health and wellness opens in LONGVIEW on SEPTEMBER 23, 2017.
LONGVIEW, TX – Children’s health matters. Not only is it a topic of vital importance for EAST TEXAS’ parents and families, but it is a critical issue for the short- and long-term health of our community as well. As children’s early experiences help shape their lifelong habits and views on health and well-being, it is crucial to introduce and promote key health messages to them today. Healthyville, a nationally touring exhibit created by Stepping Stones Museum for Children, delivers those important health and wellness lessons to children and families in a fun, play-based manner. This is a primary reason why LONGVIEW WORLD OF WONDERS is excited to bring Healthyville to EAST TEXAS from SEPTEMBER 23, 2017 – JANUARY 14, 2018.
Healthyville is a place for everybody. This bilingual (English/Spanish), interactive exhibit teaches health and wellness lessons through play-filled activities and educational messages that foster learning by doing. Designed primarily for children ages 5 – 12 and their parents, caregivers and teachers, Healthyville provides visitors with hands-on opportunities to explore health topics in ways that help them understand their bodies, the importance of making healthy choices and how to apply these concepts in everyday situations. Healthyville features engaging content about how the body works and the effects of our positive or negative health choices.
The young “residents” of Healthyville present fun facts about nutrition, fitness, safety, hygiene and the functions of the body. Meanwhile, LONGVIEWWOW visitors can explore how different activities affect heart rate, scan a variety of foods for nutrition facts, play sugar or salt detective and ride a bike or row a boat alongside a skeleton. Children can take a look at particle-trapping hairs and boogers inside a giant nose, learn why it’s important to cover the nose during a sneeze, brush and floss teeth inside a giant mouth, get moving on the fitness trail, balance their energy in with their energy out, choose the proper safety equipment and much, much more!
“We are thrilled that through a generous donation from the CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Guild, LongviewWOW will host Healthyville ® to introduce important health and wellness messages and activities related to nutrition, fitness and taking care of our bodies.” –Lynsey Lack, Program and Education Director
According to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, nearly 1 in 3 children in the United States today is overweight or obese. The Alliance states that this current generation could be the first in American history to live shorter lives than their parents. To address this growing public health concern and to encourage healthy living and smart choices around nutrition, fitness, hygiene and safety, Stepping Stones Museum for Children launched the Healthyville traveling exhibit at its Norwalk, Connecticut, location in February 2014. The exhibit will run at Stepping Stones through Labor Day before departing on a multi-year tour that will take it to leading children’s museum across the nation through the Youth Museum Exhibit Collaborative. Healthyville will travel to Bay Area Discovery Museum (Sausolito, CA), Boston Children’s Museum (Boston, MA), Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose (San Jose, CA), Minnesota Children’s Museum (St Paul, MN) and Long Island Children’s Museum (Garden City, NY).
“Healthyville grew out of the knowledge that early intervention and prevention are critical for establishing healthy lifestyles,” said Rhonda Kiest, President and Chief Executive Officer of Stepping Stones Museum for Children. “This exhibit is an important aspect of our work to support the growth of healthy children and healthy communities. Healthville has been an extremely popular exhibit at Stepping Stones and we are thrilled to provide this experience to the many people who will interact with the exhibit as it tours the United States.”
In developing the Healthyville traveling exhibit, Stepping Stones worked in partnership with many community organizations and advisors, including the Bright Bodies Program at Yale School of Medicine, the Norwalk Health Department, Norwalk Hospital, Grade A ShopRite, Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, the Yale School of Public Health, the Yale School of Medicine and Whole Foods Market.
Healthyville will be at LONGVIEW WORLD OF WONDERS through JANUARY 14, 2018. This traveling exhibit is presented locally by CHRISTUS GOOD SHEPHERD GUILD.
About Stepping Stones Museum for Children Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, Conn., is an award-winning, private, non-profit 501(c)(3) children’s museum committed to broadening and enriching the lives of children and families. Located on five acres in Mathews Park, the LEED Gold certified museum encompasses five hands-on galleries, a state-of-the-art Multimedia Gallery, a Family and Teacher Resource Center, cafe and retail store. To learn more, visit www.steppingstonesmuseum.org or call 203 899 0606.
About Longview World of Wonders
Longview World of Wonders is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) children’s museum inspiring a lifelong love of learning by giving children the opportunity to imagine, create, and explore in a hands-on educational environment. LongviewWOW is located at 112 E. Tyler St. in downtown Longview. To learn more, visit www.longviewwow.org or call 903-212-4969.