MOCA PRESENTS A MINI EXHIBIT ON HEALTHY LIFESTYLES FOR CHILDREN: HEALTHYVILLE®

[New York, NY] November 28, 2016 — Children’s health education matters. Early experiences shape children's lifelong habits. Understanding exercise options, food choices, and well-being metrics are crucial to promoting healthy tomorrows for children. Created by Stepping Stones Museum for Children, the Healthyville® mini exhibit delivers important health and wellness lessons to children and families in a fun, play-based manner. The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) complements the exhibit with dynamic programs and bi-lingual learning. MOCA is excited to bring the Healthyville® mini exhibit to New York City from January 5, 2017 through March 26, 2017.

 

Inspired by the museum’s award-winning, nationally touring exhibit with the same name, the mini version of Healthyville® is designed to teach students in kindergarten through fifth grade about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. The traveling exhibit includes portable, interactive displays, impactful messaging and playful activities that foster learning by doing. The Healthyville® mini exhibit presents fun, yet engaging educational lessons in nutrition, safety, fitness, and hygiene. The mini exhibit features more than 15 hands-on activities and program ideas and offers direct connections to the elementary school curriculum.

 

“In addition to partnering with Stepping Stones to bring Healthyville® to our community, MOCA is excited to partner programmatically with the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, The Ong Family Foundation, and The Chinatown YMCA, three extraordinary community leaders, to serve the community by activating lifestyles and heightening awareness," shared MOCA President Nancy Yao Maasbach.

 

The children explore how exercise impacts the heart and use a pulse meter to measure their heart rate. By sorting and shopping for food in the Good Foods Market, they learn about food groups and how to make healthy eating decisions. The children balance food choices with physical activity using an interactive scale and practice brushing and flossing a larger-than-life model of a mouth. In its fifth year of touring, the Healthyville® mini exhibit travelled to hundreds of schools, libraries and youth-serving organizations and exposed tens of thousands of children to its health messaging. 



During the run of the Healthyville® mini exhibit, general admission will be $10 per person; $5 for students, seniors, and children 2 and up; and free for MOCA members and Cool Culture families. 

 

The Healthyville® mini exhibit was made possible with the generous support of GE Capital, Newman’s Own Foundation, People’s United Community Foundation and Purdue Pharma L.P.


Healthyville® is an extension of Stepping Stones Museum for Children’s Healthy Children, Healthy Communities® initiative, which promotes healthy living for children, families and communities. Healthy Children, Healthy Communities® is made possible by The Bauer Foundation, UnitedHealthcare, State of Connecticut, The Foster Family Fund, Herb and Anne Gullquist and People’s United Community Foundation.

 

Additional Programs

 

During the run of the exhibitions, MOCA will offer a series of related events, public programs, family programs, walking tours, and gallery tours. Visitors can join MOCACREATE drop-in art workshops every first and third Saturday of the month, from 1 – 4 p.m.

 

Please check the museum's website at www.mocanyc.org for updates and information on upcoming programs. For press requests and images, please email press@mocanyc.org.


Healthyville® was created by Stepping Stones Museum for Children and is an extension of the museum's Healthy Children, Healthy Communities® initiative. Healthyville® and accompanying community programming on healthy lifestyles are brought to you by Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, Ong Family Foundation, The YMCA, and the Museum of Chinese in America.

 

About Charles B. Wang Community Health Center (CBWCHC)
The CBWCHC is a nonprofit and federally qualified health center, established in 1971. We ensure that all members of our community--regardless of ability to pay--are provided with quality, comprehensive, and culturally appropriate healthcare. Our mission is to eliminate disparities in health, improve health status, and expand access to the medically underserved with a focus on Asian Americans.

 

About the Chinatown YMCA
The Y has been an integral part of Chinatown and the Lower East Side since the 1970s. For more than four decades, the facility at 100 Hester Street has continuously served these dynamic communities with a rich variety of programs for people of all ages. The Chinatown YMCA is an anchor in the downtown community offering programs serving children, teens, and adults from five locations.


About the Ong Family Foundation

The Ong Family Foundation, a private foundation established in 1997 has a broad range of philanthropic interests. The Foundation principally seeks to fund programs that are comprehensive, community-based and preventive in nature. The scope of program areas funded by the Foundation includes Social Services, Education, Medicine & Health Care and Arts & Culture.