Health is focus of high-tech museum exhibit for kids

10/17/2012 12:00 AM

10/17/2012 7:58 AM

A wide-ranging, interactive exhibit called Health Happens Here opened Tuesday at the California Museum, with free admission to the first 100 visitors.

The exhibit is composed of 10 interactive stations with animated videos and hands-on touch screens. It is designed to encourage people to think about the vast array of factors that determine their health.

In the big picture, where people live turns out to be a major determinant of their well-being. The 2010 U.S. census established links between residents' ZIP codes and their expected life spans.

Communities without good parks, safe places for recreation and grocery stores with fresh, wholesome foods end up being bad for residents' health.

On the other hand, neighborhoods that are well-lit, kept-up and full of healthy food choices and people working together can mean longer, healthier lives.

The exhibit, geared toward fourth-graders, also makes a point that bullying on the Internet or in person is an unhealthy choice. And it demonstrates the importance of having supportive teachers, parents and a safety net.

For additional information on the exhibit, go to www.californiamuseum.org.

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