|Left: Britt Ehrhardt, NIDDK, engages a group of children in the "You Are What You Eat / Go, Slow, Whoa" activity while Ann Taubenheim, Ph.D., NHLBI, looks on. Right: NIH banner at the USA Science & Engineering Festival.|
Congratulations to our NHLBI volunteers for hosting a successful exhibit booth and providing other support at the 2012 USA Science & Engineering Festival.
Held at the Washington Convention Center at the end of April, the festival featured more than 2,000 interactive exhibits, 33 author presentations, and 100 stage shows geared toward all ages. The NIH was one of the main exhibitors and organized more than 30 different activities, including a "Career Encounter" pavilion and a performance from Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
This is the second time the festival was hosted in Washington, D.C. and the second time the NIH and the NHLBI participated. This year, the NHLBI partnered with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD) on a "We Can!" booth. The exhibit taught visitors about healthy living through activities on portion distortion, sugar content in popular beverages, "Go, Slow, Whoa" foods, and tip sheets on reducing screen time and increasing physical activity. It also explored the link between nutrition, physical activity, and the media using materials from the Media-Smart Youth program. A range of visitors expressed their appreciation of the information available, from teachers and nursing students who were grateful to use the curriculum materials, to parents who liked the tip sheets and heart-healthy recipes, to children who made faces at the beverage bottles and engaged in friendly competition over the activities. A few said it was their favorite booth at the festival.
We look forward to engaging the public with NHLBI-supported research, programs, and activities again at the next USA Science & Engineering Festival.
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