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Science Museum combats childhood obesity through fun, games


Gazette staff February 7th, 2008

Help kids take a bite out of obesity with a permanent exhibit at Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 N.E. 52nd. Sponsored by Integris Health, "SmartMouth" is an informative, hands-on program focused on edu...

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Help kids take a bite out of obesity with a permanent exhibit at Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 N.E. 52nd.

Sponsored by Integris Health, "SmartMouth" is an informative, hands-on program focused on educating children and their parents about the dangers of obesity and the positive reinforcements of healthy eating, in an entertaining way.

GAMES
Through a series of interactive computer games, "SmartMouth" provides a much-needed reminder how health and personal well-being should be a top priority.

Parents and kids can challenge one another at a variety of games, including "Choose Your Chews," in which players choose between dozens of fast-food items and see an immediate calculation of caloric and fat intake.

ACTIVITIES
"It's a fun way to learn about nutrition and making the right choices, which isn't always easy," said Cheryl Neal, museum director of education. "(This program) empowers family members with knowledge on how best to fuel the body without overdoing it." 

Visitors also can:
" weigh and measure themselves,
" check their body mass index, and
" burn some energy on a "flaming" stationary bike.

Museum admission is $13.50 for adults and $10.25 for seniors and children 3-12. For more information, visit their site or call 602-6664. "Joanna Rus

 
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