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Libraries and museums help individuals find the health information they needs and offer a range of learning experiences to support healthy lifestyles.

CMS logoPartnership: E-Health
In order to assure that librarians have the information and connections with local experts needed to connect their patrons to information about the Health Insurance Marketplace, IMLS and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare will work cooperatively to make sure that libraries are aware of and able to connect patrons with information resources and community partners.

National Initiative: Let's Move! Museums & Gardens
This new national initiative will provide opportunities for millions of museum and garden visitors to learn about healthy food choices and promote physical activity through interactive exhibits and programs.

Search the Awarded Grants database for grants to programs that strengthen health (issue areas have only been assigned to grants awarded since FY 2009)

Health content on the IMLS Web site:
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Let’s Move! Webinar Will Feature CMOM’s EatPlayGrow™ Curriculum

May 21, 2014 12:43 PM
Learn how to use its creative educational approach for programming at your institution. Read More

 
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Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens Webinar: Wednesday, March 19

March 11, 2014 12:56 PM
Learn how museums and gardens can use the USDA’s MyPlate in programming and food service. Read More

 
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Learn How Museums and Gardens Can Collaborate with Let’s Move! Cities, Towns, and Counties

September 17, 2013 12:32 PM
IMLS will host a free webinar to provide ideas and advice for museums and gardens that wish to collaborate with their local officials in the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Lets Move! initiative. Read More

 
Young explorers learn about building healthy lifestyles at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. (Photo by Cory Doman)
Blog Post: Let’s Move Pittsburgh: Celebrating Champion Schools

August 21, 2014 02:46 PM
Let’s Move! Pittsburgh and the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are partnering with local schools to promote healthy food choices and physical activity for students. Read More

 
Kids at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast climb the 10-foot carrot play structure, inspired by Spiffy’s Once Upon A Farm
Blog Post: Children’s Museum Takes Different Approach on Childhood Obesity

August 11, 2014 03:01 PM
In Florida, kids who visit the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast can climb on vegetable play structures and make their own pizzas with veggies from interactive gardens that teach children about nutrition and physical activity. Read More

 
A girl in the organic farm exhibit holding an egg.
Blog Post: Kids Stay Active at The Strong Museum All Year Long

August 1, 2014 09:43 AM
Yoga, hopscotch, and planning healthy menus were among the Let’s Move!-themed activities offered at The Strong museum, designed to keep kids healthy and active during the summer months. Read More

 
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Built to Learn: A Model Community Engagement Project


The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is bringing the museum experience into public housing developments with a model program that includes early childhood literacy elements, health exhibits, and educational programming. Read More

 
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January 2012: Boston Children’s Museum Finds Community is Great Teacher


When the Boston Children’s Museum’s KidPower—a new health exhibit—became the anchor exhibit of its new wing, the Museum’s new health focus was literally front and center. They joined the ranks of children’s museums that are becoming a national force in combating childhood obesity and at the same time found they could learn valuable lessons from their local community. Read More

 
Christie Silbajoris, Director of NC Health Info, and participants at the NCHEALINFO exhibit during the annual “Fiesta del Pueblo” in Raleigh, NC.
May 2010: Keep It Simple, Doc: How to Build a Consumer Health Portal


Health information is a broad category covering many complex topics. When creating a consumer health Web site, it’s more effective to build a directory of trustworthy resources than to point people straight to the most comprehensive source. Read More

 
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Talking Points: From Third Place to Makerspace: Public Libraries and Teens


A snapshot of how public libraries reach out to teens with programs and services. Read More