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AHA fosters and supports community efforts to make healthy eating and physical activity the way of life in Wake County.

Marbles Kids Museum: Active Fun and Learning

“Be Healthy. Be Active.” It’s one of the five core content initiatives at Marbles Kids Museum and a driving force behind its exhibits and programs. From local professional sports teams leading drills in Marbles’ main square to kids preparing healthy snacks with produce from Castaway Cove Kids Garden to families trying new activities with take-home Action Cards – Marbles is committed to providing play environments that promote physical activity and healthy choices.

Marbles recently reinforced its healthy, active commitment through a complete redesign of its popular Power2Play exhibit, including even more active sports play and amped-up nutritional play using the new USDA MyPlate guidelines. “The goal behind the renovation of Power2Play was to provide enhanced activities for kids in an effort to continually inspire them to get moving and build healthy  life habits,” said Sally Edwards, President of Marbles Kids Museum. “The hope is that kids will recognize that being healthy is fun, so let’s get moving and fuel up with the right foods and drinks.”
 
The new Power2Play still features the kid-favorite Center Ice synthetic hockey rink with the addition of a new play-by-play announcer’s booth and mini jumbotron; a new Center Court basketball floor with a supersized net and different heights of hoops; expanded soccer play area; healthy pretend kitchen; dance and tumbling studio; fitness fun gym; and a safe play zone for the smallest sluggers. Current sponsors of the exhibit include the John Rex Endowment, Carolina Hurricanes Kids n’ Community Foundation, Wake Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, SciQuest, Henderson Machinery, Inc. and The Goddard School.
 
Marbles members had a sneak preview of the new exhibit at a “MyPlate Tailgate” on Thursday, November 10, while the official ribbon cutting was held the following day.
 
With an average attendance of 10,000 guests per week, this AHA partners provides a terrific platform for reaching parents and children and educating them on the importance and fun of being healthy and active. The new Power2Play exhibit is another positive step in this effort.
 
With messages like “Always aim high,” “Fuel your fun,” and “Rehearse, repeat, learn on your feet,” who wouldn’t be inspired to move more and eat better every day?

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