The Owensboro Museum of Science and History will serve up some healthy fare for visitors with its next traveling exhibition, “To MyPlate and Beyond.” Developed by Purdue University, the interactive exhibit illustrates the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “My Plate” tool that emphasizes the five food groups that are part of a healthy diet: fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy. It is slated to appear at the Museum of Science and History from October 25, 2014 to April 26, 2015 and is sponsored by Owensboro Health. The exhibit uses multiple interactive hands-on activities, games and take-home recipes, targeted to the Pre-K – 6th grade student and their families, that feature tips and ideas on how to build a healthy plate and develop good life-long nutrition habits. One interactive activity, “The Hot Plate” is a feet-on station that calls for patrons to get moving as they answer questions. Included in the exhibit is a short quiz that will help visitors understand the exhibit’s key messages, such as making half of the food on your plate fruits and vegetables, switching to fat-free or low-fat milk and enjoying your food, but eating less. Visitors will also learn how easy it is to shop for food, plan meals and eat together. Take-home recipe cards and information will extend the lesson outside the museum.
“To My Plate and Beyond” was created by the Purdue Agricultural Communication Exhibit Design Center and specialists and faculty in the Department of Nutrition Science. The exhibit was constructed through funding provided by the American Dairy Association and Indiana’s Dairy Farm Families.
The exhibit is included in the price of admission. Admission is $3.00 per person with 2 years and under admitted free. There is no charge for museum members. For additional membership information, please call (270) 687-2732 or visit the museum’s website at www.owensboromuseum.org.