By Shane D. Rhinewald
Director of Public Relations, The Strong
The Strong museum in Rochester, NY, welcomed more than 1,200 pre-K through Grade 5 students for five days of Let’s Move!-themed lessons and activities this past June. Students visited a variety of heart-healthy stations in the museum to learn how to develop good habits for the summer ahead.
“The Strong believes in promoting an active lifestyle to help combat childhood obesity,” says Debbie McCoy, The Strong’s director of education. “We hope that the lessons students learned here will carry into their summer activities—and through the rest of their lives.”
During the Let’s Move! event, students worked up a sweat through a variety of activities, including yoga, which included basic poses and stretching; active games such as hopscotch; and miniature golf. Students also learned about healthy eating habits, planned their own menus using the government’s My Plate dietary guidelines, and played a food sorting game. Teachers received a list of resources and books—such as My Plate and You and The Great Outdoors—to encourage active learning in their classrooms.
As a Let’s Move! museum, The Strong encourages healthy lifestyles all year long—even when school is not in session. In July, the museum hosted a Get Moving Week which featured hopscotch, hula hooping, and parachute games, along with competitive cup stacking and dance. Throughout the year, the museum supports healthy lifestyles for children and families by sharing tips and suggestions about being active through social media, by offering healthy food options in its food court, and by making My Plate guidelines and other resources available in its Wegmans Super Kids Market exhibit.