HealthWorks! unveils visiting exhibit

Lauren Wood | Daily Journal Danielle Johnson, 9, learns about food at the supermarket nutrition station that is part of the new Eat Well, Play Well exhibit Friday night at HealthWorks!.

Lauren Wood | Daily Journal
Danielle Johnson, 9, learns about food at the supermarket nutrition station that is part of the new Eat Well, Play Well exhibit Friday night at HealthWorks!.

By Michaela Gibson Morris

Daily Journal

TUPELO – HealthWorks! is welcoming a new friend to its brand of infectiously contaminating fun.

Eat Well, Play Well, an interactive, hands-on exhibit, will officially open today at the children’s health education center in Tupelo. The exhibit incorporates opportunities to test your physical agility and flexibility, explore healthful ways of eating and test your knowledge.

“The exhibits are really fun,” said Kathy Tucker, HealthWorks! coordinator of outreach and innovation.

Focus on moving and eating healthfully fits well with HealthWorks! Programming, Tucker said.

“This exhibit parallels all the messages we have taught in “Be a Food Groupie and “Learning Smart, Living Strong.”

The center’s Funtastic Floor was rearranged to make room for the nine, hands-on stations that make up the Eat Well, Play Well exhibit.

“You can enjoy it right along with the other exhibits,” Tucker said.

As part of the grand opening celebration today, special activities are planned each hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit will run until Dec. 30 and is included as part of the regular general admission – $5 for ages 2 and up, free to members.

Funding for the exhibit comes from an Appalachian Regional Council grant HealthWorks! received to connect schools in distressed counties with HealthWorks! and its programming. The grant paid for field trips to the Tupelo center and covered the cost of bringing HealthWorks! programming to those schools. Eat Well, Play Well will allow for one last hurrah from the grant funding.

“We’re going to offer free Saturday visits to each of those third- through fifth-grade schools,” Tucker said. “It’s an opportunity to reinforce those lessons and share what they’ve learned with their parents.”

michaela.morris@journalinc.com