Healthy Living in Spotlight During Free Event on April 22nd

April 9, 2012

ThedaCare Physicians to Provide Screenings to Help Kids Eat Better, Exercise More

Healthy eating and fitness will be in the spotlight on April 22 at the Healthy Lifestyle Free Day at The Building for Kids Children’s Museum in downtown Appleton.

Admission to the museum will be free from noon to 5 p.m. In addition to letting children and their families explore the museum, including the new Eat Well, Play Well special exhibit, providers from ThedaCare Physicians will provide free healthy lifestyle screenings for children.

“Each child participating in the special screening day will have a personal assessment and recommendations for how to improve their health,” said John A. Edwards, MD, a pediatrician with ThedaCare Physicians-Pediatrics. “Unhealthy eating and lifestyle choices can affect our kids every day. Some struggle with obesity, the No. 1 health challenge facing our children today. Helping all kids make healthier choices will improve the health of our communities.”

In addition to ThedaCare, the day’s other two sponsors are Faith Technologies and the United Way.

Eat Well, Play Well, a special exhibit running April 7 to Sept. 9 at The Building for Kids Children’s Museum, encourages healthy living by teaching the science of making healthy food choices and helping children and adults discover there are many fun and interesting ways to stay active. Visitors will discover through interactive exhibits what an appropriate serving size looks like, see firsthand what it takes to burn off calories, test their flexibility and balance, review the latest clinical research and realize they can reduce their risk of disease with healthy choices.

Eat Well, Play Well is entertaining and educational, said Dana Thorpe, executive director of The Building for Kids Children’s Museum. 

“Teaching our children good habits about staying active and making the right food choices is essential to their future health. We hope children and their families have fun and walk away with some important information about how they can make changes to live a healthier life,” she said. “They’ll also learn that making some simple changes can make a big difference.”

Eat Well, Play Well was produced and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.  This exhibit was made possible by a Science Education Partnership Award grant from the National Center for Research Resources, a component of the National Institutes of Health. Locally, ThedaCare is the exhibit’s presenting sponsor. Other local sponsors include The Post-Crescent, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Fox Valley, Octoberfest, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, Scheels Sports and Faith Technologies, Inc.

The not-for-profit Building for Kids Children’s Museum, 100 W. College Ave., opened in downtown Appleton in 1992. With nearly 130,000 visitors annually, the museum’s mission is “to build children's imagination, creativity, and confidence” and is supported solely by donations, memberships and admissions. The museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays. For more information on The Building for Kids Children’s Museum, please visit www.buildingforkids.org or call 920-734-3226.

For more information, please contact Dana Thorpe at (920) 734-3226.