News release from Science Central:
Last week for Science Central’s traveling exhibit to serve up healthy fare
(May 8, 2014) – Sunday, May 11th will be the final day for Science Central’s current traveling exhibition, “To MyPlate and Beyond.” The exhibit has been on display at Science Central since January 18th. The exhibit was originally slated to close on May 4th, but due to demand, its run was extended for an additional week. Developed by Purdue University, the interactive exhibit illustrates the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s tool,” MyPlate,” that emphasizes the five food groups that are part of a healthy diet: fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy.
Visitors to the exhibit learn how easy it is to shop for food and grow their own, plan meals and eat together. The exhibit features tips and ideas for everyone to build a healthy plate, using interactive hands-on activities.
Participants “travel” with Max and his dog, Munch, in a flying saucer to explore simple reminders and other information about eating well. Included in the exhibit is a short quiz that helps 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.
The exhibit 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’s run at Science Central has been sponsored in part by Heritage Food Service Group, Inc.
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