Halle Heart Children’s Museum Open To General Public for First Time

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Tempe, Ariz., Nov. 24, 2014 — The Halle Heart Children’s Museum, the only hands-on, interactive cardiovascular learning facility in the nation, has launched public hours for the first time since opening its doors in 1996. The museum is now open to the general public Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and beginning Jan. 3, 2015 it will also be open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $5 for all guests age 4 and older, and free for visitors age 3 and under.

The Halle Heart Children’s Museum is dedicated to combating the childhood obesity epidemic that plagues Arizona youth by teaching children to choose healthy lifestyles. Until now the museum has only been open for school field trips and for private tours by appointment only. A grant earlier this year from Tempe-based Insight, Inc. enabled the museum to offer self-guided tours by installing video kiosks.

“We’ve been looking for a way to open to the general public for years, but it wasn’t until we brought in the kiosks that we were able to offer a self-guided experience that matches the experience of our school tours,” said Claudine M. Wessel, Programs and Operations Director for the Halle Heart Children’s Museum. “We’re thrilled to be open to the general public now so we can expand the reach of our message to thousands more children across the Valley.”

Childhood obesity is widely considered the number-one health crisis facing American youth today, with one in three youth under the age of 20 being obese or severely overweight. This national epidemic has dramatic effects on society, increasing a child’s risk for developing life threatening, chronic conditions much earlier in life. These devastating conditions include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type-2 diabetes, and ultimately cardiovascular disease.

The Halle Heart Children’s Museum educates children and adults on a variety of health-related topics including the benefits of exercise, eating healthy and the importance of not using tobacco products. These important teachings are reinforced through a series of fun, interactive exhibits that illustrate how kids can make the heart-healthy choices that will set them on the path to a healthier life.

About the Halle Heart Children’s Museum
The Halle Heart Children’s Museum educates, engages and empowers nearly 30,000 children each year through an interactive and state-of-the-art experience focused on heart healthy lifestyle choices, heart function and emergency response. The museum is open to the general public and for school and group tours by appointment. For more information visit www.hhcm.org or call (602) 414-2800.

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The Western States Affiliate serves a 10-state region (Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington). To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit www.heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Media Contact: Len Gutman, (602) 414-5342, len.gutman@heart.org

By |November 24th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |0 Comments

Welcome to the Halle Heart Children’s Museum

The Halle Heart Children’s Museum recently launched public hours thanks in large part to a donation from Insight that enabled us to install video kiosks. The kiosks provide visitors with a self-guided tour option, which along with some new features make the museum a great place to bring the kids anytime. Public hours are Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and beginning in January we’ll be open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. as well. And at just $5 per person for adults and children four and up its an inexpensive way to learn about health and have fun.

Here’s a sneak peek at the all new welcome video that greets visitors during public hours!

 

Meet Our Heart Guides: Elinor Johnson

Today we’re beginning a new feature on our blog called “Meet Our Heart Guides.” Over the next several months we’ll be introducing you to the exceptional staff and volunteer Heart Guides here at the Halle Heart Children’s Museum. We’re excited to kick off this feature with a profile of one of our newest Heart Guides.

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Name: Elinor Johnson
Start Date: September 2014
Favorite Breakfast Item: waffles
Favorite Holiday: Christmas, because it’s the time of the year when I get to spend the most time with my family and I love seeing Idaho in the winter
What is Your Why: For the health of people who don’t have access to the resources we have been blessed with. My mom grew up in poverty in El Salvador, and visiting her home inspired me to become interested in global health (my major at ASU).

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You Gotta Have Heart – Girl Scout Day at the Halle Heart Children’s Museum

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More than 200 Girl Scouts, troop leaders and chaperons took part in this year’s first Girl Scout Day on Sept. 27 at the Halle Heart Children’s Museum. Girls and adults from around the valley came together to learn the benefits of eating a balanced diet, not smoking and making sure exercise is part of their daily routine.

The scouts traveled through our interactive and hands-on exhibits where they received the tools needed to achieve true heart-healthy living. All scouts received a Lub Dub fun patch when they completed the Halle Heart Children’s Museum tour.

Watch for the next Girl Scout Day here at the museum, currently scheduled for Saturday, April 11, 2015 and make sure you sign up as soon as the spots are opened. Reservations go quickly! If you don’t want to wait until April, scout troops are always welcome to tour the museum by appointment.

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By |October 22nd, 2014|Categories: Events|Tags: , , |0 Comments

HHCM Launches New Public Hours

The Halle Heart Children’s Museum has traditionally been open for school field trips and by appointment only for private tours, but all that changed recently with the launch of our public hours. We’re excited to announce that for the months of October, November and December we will be open:

  • Monday through Friday, Noon to 4 p.m.
  • Additionally, we’ll be open to the public on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Admission is $5 for all guests 4 years and older, and free for visitors 3 years and under. You do not need an appointment to visit the museum during our public hours so come on down and join in on the fun. You can be one of the first to try out our brand new video kiosks to help guide you through the museum and get the most out of your experience.

The Halle Heart Children’s Museum educates, engages and empowers nearly 30,000 children each year through an interactive and state-of-the-art experience focused on heart healthy lifestyle choices, heart function and emergency response. Stop in and see for yourself why the HHCM is considered one of the best kept secrets in the Valley!

By |October 20th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Want to be More Involved with the HHCM?

Volunteer Opportunity

The Halle Heart Children’s Museum is looking for volunteers to serve on a newly formed Executive Leadership Committee that will develop and implement an individual giving campaign following a prescribed model for raising funds from individual donors. The committee will also help plan a fundraising breakfast event at a local hotel in 2015. Fundraising or event planning experience is not required.

Committee Member Job Description

The specific responsibilities of each team member will vary depending on that person’s interests and strengths and may include:

  1. Learning the fundraising model
  2. Attending monthly committee meetings in person or by telephone
  3. Attending at least one introductory event (Tour de Lub Dub) at the Halle Heart Children’s Museum
  4. Being an Ambassador: inviting ten or more people to a Tour de Lub Dub
  5. Recruiting others to be Ambassadors
  6. Making thank-you phone calls and invitation calls as requested
  7. Optional: Being a Table Captain at the annual “Ask” Event (tentatively to be held Spring 2015)
  8. Attending donor cultivation events as requested
  9. Taking on other special roles on the team as desired (being a greeter at Tour de Lub Dub events, etc.)

If you are interested in learning more about this or other volunteer opportunities with the Halle Heart Children’s Museum please contact Len Gutman, Director of Philanthropy, American Heart Association, at (602) 414-5342 or via email at len.gutman@heart.org.

Video Kiosks to Bring Self-Guided Tours to Museum

Perhaps one of the best features of the Halle Heart Children’s Museum is that guests who visit the museum are treated to a tour by one of our specially-trained Heart Guides. The interaction between the visitor and the Heart Guide creates a powerful learning experience.

Yet as the museum begins to expand its reach and moves toward open public hours (more news about this to come soon), visitors will need another way to experience the museum. With that in mind, the museum is preparing to install video kiosks to provide visitors with self-guided tours.

Thanks in large part to a generous donation by Tempe-based IT company Insight, six video kiosks are on their way from a manufacturer in North Carolina and will be installed in the next few weeks. Each kiosk will provide visitors with a short video with information about the museum and details on how to interact with each exhibit. The self-guided tours should be fully operational by early autumn.

redcrusader-268x300 Video Kiosks to Bring Self-Guided Tours to MuseumInsight has also designed a dynamic graphic wrap for the kiosks to fit in with the colorful theme of the museum and draw visitors in to the machines. The kiosks will feature the museum’s mascot Lub Dub decked out as “superhero” the Red Crusader.

Stay tuned for more information about the video kiosk project as well as details about more exciting changes coming soon to the Halle Heart Children’s Museum.

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2014 Fry’s Rewards Program Kicks Off Sept. 1

FrysRewards 2014 Fry's Rewards Program Kicks Off Sept. 1Do you shop at Fry’s Foods? If you do, you can help raise money for the Halle Heart Children’s Museum by simply registering your Fry’s V.I.P. card online for the Fry’s Community Rewards Program and selecting the Halle Heart Children’s Museum as your beneficiary. Then, each time you shop and swipe your V.I.P. card Fry’s will direct a rebate to the Museum! It doesn’t cost you a thing and you can help support our mission by doing something you already do.

To participate go to www.FrysFood.com and click on the orange “register” button on the top right of the page. Then under “Community Rewards” simply select Halle Heart Children’s Museum (#85325) from the list of participating organizations — that’s it.

If you don’t have a Fry’s V.I.P. card you can sign up for one on the site.

Fry’s Food Stores is giving up to $2 million to non-profit organizations from September 1, 2014 until August 31, 2015. We encourage you to participate if you are a Fry’s shopper and please tell your friends and family about this great program.