Halle Heart Children’s Museum to Educate Generations of Arizona Children on Health and Wellness
First-of-its-kind museum in the U.S. aims to get Arizona kids and families healthy for life
PHOENIX, November 5, 2010 — The Halle Heart Children’s Museum, set to be unveiled in November, is the first and only interactive health and wellness museum in the United States. Located in Tempe, the museum offers highly engaging, interactive and imaginative learning experiences related to the heart, brain and cardiovascular system. The museum, named after prestigious philanthropists Bruce and Diane Halle, is considered one of Arizona’s crown jewels.
“The American Heart Association recognizes that in order to build healthier generations, education has to start early in life. Because of the Halle Heart Children’s Museum we are now able to influence positive lifestyle changes that will impact families for years to come,” said Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association.
“It’s an honor and privilege to have played a substantial role in the erection of the museum. Heart Ball is thrilled to know that the museum will improve the lives of Arizonans for generations to come,” said Sarah Suggs Cheek, 2010 Heart Ball chair.
At more than 16,000 square feet and featuring 14 permanent exhibits dedicated to cardiovascular health, the Halle Heart Children’s Museum is positioned to impact and transform young lives. The museum’s design reflects a raised ceiling-line, filled with exhibits that evoke a sense of awe. Life-size adult animals, including a giraffe and elephant, welcome children as they enter. These unprecedented exhibits were developed for the museum by renowned exhibit designer Andrew Gartner of Gartner Design in Scottsdale. The curation and graphic panels were directed and designed by Terry Duffy of Glyphics in Scottsdale.
“The Halle Heart Children’s Museum will educate children through the use of interactive and imaginative learning experiences that appeal to all ages,” said Pat Leach, Senior Vice President of the American Heart Association and Founder of the Halle Heart Children’s Museum. “Our commitment to extraordinary learning for both child and family drives everything we do, and the education offer at the Halle Heart Children’s Museum reflects who we are as an organization.”
“The museum epitomizes what we mean when we say, ‘Building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke’,” said Dr. John Schaller, president of the American Heart Association’s Board of Directors in Phoenix. “It’s yet another example of the American Heart Association’s goal to improve cardiovascular health by 20 percent by the year 2020. The museum is a year-round attraction that will draw children, educators, and families from across the state.”
The museum’s completion comes as the Heart Ball prepares to commemorate its 51st anniversary on Saturday, November 20th at the Phoenician. The prestigious gala and nationally-recognizes social event is an occasion to celebrate the organization’s many milestone achievements along with the positive attention the museum will bring to Arizona. It’s projected that the museum will welcome more than 35,000 visitors during its inaugural year when it officially opens to school children in January 2011.
The museum’s long-term impact is expected to help curb healthcare costs through the education of children and families when it comes to obesity and cardiovascular health. There is no charge for schools visiting the museum on educational fieldtrips.
About the Halle Heart Children’s Museum
The Halle Heart Children’s Museum is a nonprofit educational facility solely dedicated to empowering children and families to live heart-healthy lives free from cardiovascular diseases. The museum is committed to creating extraordinary child and family learning experiences that have the power to transform lives. Visitors can explore the human heart, animals, dangers of smoking, eating healthy, and the importance of 911 in a cardiovascular emergency, healthy cooking demonstrations, along with a 10-foot large human heart.
For more information about the Halle Heart Children’s Museum please visit http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Affiliate/Halle-Heart-Childrens-Museum or call 602-414-2800.
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American Heart Association
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