Minnetrista Joining Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens

Minnetrista Joining Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens

Minnetrista Joining Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens
Posted by: Lorri Markum, Communications Specialist    |    Wednesday, June 22, 2011 2:00 pm

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June 27, 2011

Minnetrista Joining Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens

Muncie, IN—Minnetrista is pleased to join Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens, an initiative of First Lady Michelle Obama and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Launched by the First Lady on May 23 at the annual meeting of the American Association of Museums, this initiative is designed to educate children and their families about healthy food choices and promote physical activity.

Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens is part of the First Lady’s comprehensive Let’s Move initiative “dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. It’s about putting children on a path to a healthy future.” Empowering parents and creating a healthy start for kids; improving access to healthy, affordable foods; and increasing physical activity are just a few of the pillars included in this effort.

The mission of Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens resonates with a number of Minnetrista programs. Farmers Market at Minnetrista supports local farmers and producers in bringing their regionally-grown produce, meats, dairy and more to this community. Cooking demonstrations and canning workshops are also part of Farmers Market, promoting healthy eating and DIY recipes. Casey’s Clubhouse encourages physical activities such as hiking and walking by helping kids explore the world around them.,.. The Bone Zone Carnival of Healthy Choices exhibition, opening at Minnetrista on September 23, will immerse visitors in a carnival-like setting as they explore and learn about the importance of diet and exercise for healthy bones. This exhibit also connects with explorers in Casey’s Clubhouse as they learn how to utilize the new “food plate” which has replaced the old food pyramid. Other programs will also be developed to support Let’s Move! Museum and Gardens at Minnetrista.

“Museums, zoos, science centers, gardens are all natural partners for this important national initiative,” notes Betty Brewer, Minnetrista President & CEO. “Minnetrista always has programs and activities that promote healthy lives for children and their families. The programs above are just a few examples. Even our current Minnetrista original exhibit, Dig Set Spike, incorporates interactive opportunities to test your volleyball skills.” Minnetrista’s forty-acres campus and the White River Greenway also entice children and their families to walk, hike, and take advantage of the many outdoor spaces encouraging physical activities for families and individuals.

Call (765) 282-4848 for more information, or visit www.minnetrista.net. There’s always something new at Minnetrista!

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