Libraries and museums help individuals find the health information they needs and offer a range of learning experiences to support healthy lifestyles.
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)
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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.
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.
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.
Good to Grow logo Begun in 2006, Good to Grow! is the Association of Children’s Museums’ nationwide health initiative. A key feature of Good to Grow! is the “Growing Healthy Museums” project. It benefits more than 300 children’s museums that in turn have the potential to engage millions of children and families in making healthy choices.
Gardens are good for your health, right? In order to prove this scientifically, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Fla., collaborated with the Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University to create a program targeting a growing demographic: seniors over age 65 who are dealing with depression. A three-year study showed that walking in the gardens significantly reduced depression symptoms and led the museum to create a biannual program of guided-imagery walks.