Visitors are “eating up” Imagination Station’s newest exhibit. Eat It Up! – a highly interactive, nutrition- and exercise-focused exhibition presented by ProMedica – blends the newest in technology with nutrition information and human physiology to tell the story of how the choices one makes today affect the body as a whole.
The permanent 2,000+ square foot exhibition contains seven major exhibits. Highlights include:
• The Wheel of Fire. The faster you walk or run on the giant rotary treadmill, the higher the 10-foot flames will grow, showing calories virtually burning off.
Fourth- and fifth-graders from McKinley Elementary School
• Lifestyle Camera asks a series of questions about your physical activity and lifestyle choices and after snapping a quick photo, will display your future images onto monitors so you can see how the choices you make today can impact how you’ll look in the future.
• Food Feud is a game show that pits food against food and friend against friend in eating scenarios where the right choice may not be an option.
• The Social Table is an interactive, multi-touch experience that teaches the impact of personal choices on life expectancy. Gain an understanding of how your choices affect your lifespan and quality of life while socially interacting with each other around the table.
• Smash Your Food – pull a lever and watch as the food you choose is smashed to smithereens. What you’re left with is the uncomfortable truth about how much sugar, salt and oil is contained in your selection and how it compares with what you originally thought.
• Get in the Action – a larger-than-life screen that gets you up and moving with exercises like Hip Hop Dance and Tai Chi. Get in the Action engages your mind and body as you interact with on-screen animations and enjoy a physical, visual and memorable experience.
• Heart Rate Rally. Race against your opponent to keep up with an unpredictable light show that gets your whole body moving. Check your heart rate before and after the competition to see the difference between your resting heart rate and your active heart rate.
• The Kitchen. Get hands-on in the kitchen with a variety of topics focused on health and well-being. Explore the cupboards and the refrigerator stocked with food choices just like at home.
“We strive to meet the ever-changing educational needs of the children in our community by offering exciting, educational, state-of-the-art exhibits that help to shape and inspire the decisions of the world’s future scientists,” said Lori Hauser, executive director of Imagination Station. “Partnering with ProMedica on bringing Eat It Up! to the Toledo community was a natural extension of Imagination Station's mission of inspiring in children the wonder of science and technology.”
Statistics show that childhood obesity has more than tripled in the last 25 years. For the first time, many children face health issues that used to be reserved for parents and grandparents – diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
As a science center in the state with the 12th highest rate of childhood obesity in the nation, Imagination Station and ProMedica saw this partnership as an opportunity to impact the children in our community by providing accurate nutrition and health information, in a fun, engaging atmosphere, Hauser said.
“ProMedica is excited to partner with Imagination Station to bring this new exhibition, Eat It Up! to our community,” said Randy Oostra, president and CEO of ProMedica. “As part of our mission to improve the health and well-being of those we serve, this partnership is a perfect fit. I am confident this exhibit with its fun, interactive components is a great way to share our message about the importance of eating well and exercising to stay healthy.”
As with all of Imagination Station’s exhibitions, the exhibits within Eat It Up! is aligned with the state science academic content standards in both Ohio and Michigan and the national health standards, making the exhibition an extension of the classroom.
Eat It Up! will be included in the cost of admission. Imagination Station is located at One Discovery Way in downtown Toledo.