Health Team

Raleigh museum features new hands-on nutrition exhibit

Posted March 15, 2010 5:30 p.m. EDT
Updated March 15, 2010 7:41 p.m. EDT

— Teachers know that children often learn best when they're having fun.

That's the idea behind a hands-on nutrition exhibit at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh that’s designed to help kids make healthier food choices.

“Physical activity is a crucial part of keeping a healthy body, and what we say is, ‘We need to fuel up to have fun,’” said Natalie Taft with the Raleigh Dietetic District Association.

The association assembled the exhibit with registered dietitians scheduled to answer questions from children and parents. A common question is how to get children to eat vegetables.

“With children, often times they need to be presented with some food a number of different times, and maybe one of those times will be the time that makes it work for them,” Taft said.

Dietitians said they hope that by pairing the nutrition exhibit next to so many fun, physical activities, kids will catch on to their special message.

"It's important for kids to be exposed to healthy foods often and around a fun environment, so we want to make an association between healthy food, healthy habits and having fun,” Taft said.

The nutrition exhibit will be at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh for 18 months.