Halle Heart Children’s Museum Now Summer Feeding Site

For the past two years the Halle Heart Children’s Museum has partnered with St. Mary’s Food Bank  Alliance through its Kids Café Summer Food Service Program for Children to offer a heart-healthy meal to Camp Heart Beat Campers.

This year, we are expanding to become a full summer feeding site and offer lunch six days a week to children and teens looking for a summer meal they typically receive at a school location during the school year.

One in four children in Arizona live in poverty on a daily basis and do not know where their next meal is coming from. Each day, the Kids Café Program of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance distributes more than 3,000 late afternoon meals to kids who may not have anything waiting for them at home that night. A sandwich. A piece of fruit. A small carton of milk. Things so many of us take for granted each day – but these items are the difference between going to bed hungry or happy.

Heart-healthy meals will be made available FREE to all eligible children and teens who are 18 years of age and under daily (Monday – Saturday) from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. In addition, Kids Café children and teens will not only receive a FREE heart-healthy meal, they will also receive FREE museum admission.

Kids Café Meal Distribution (Beginning June 1)
Monday – Saturday | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Daily

Meals will be made available free to all eligible children at the open sites who are 18 years of age and under, within the approved geographical area, and without discrimination against any child because of race, color, national origin, sex age or disability.  Any person who believes that he/she has been discriminated against in any USDA related activity should write immediately to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250. See the full list of Summer Feeding sites here: http://www.azsummerfood.gov/food-site-locations
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World CPR Day at the HHCM

Good Morning Arizona came out to the Halle Heart Children’s Museum for World CPR Day

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For more information or to sign up for a CPR / First Aid Certification Class here at the Halle Heart Children’s Museum, visit our events page.

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Cory’s Corner Visits the HHCM

FOX 10’s Cory McCloskey has a preview of the annual Heart Ball at the Halle Heart Children’s Museum in Tempe.

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Help Reduce Childhood Obesity in Arizona

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The Halle Heart Children’s Museum is holding its first-ever fundraising event on June 3, 2015 to share our mission and help spread the word about the work we are doing to help create a generation of healthier kids. As part of this event, we are looking for sponsors — please see the attached flyer outlining the sponsorship levels for the breakfast event along with some additional longer-term museum partnership opportunities.

You probably already know that heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in America, accounting for one out of every four deaths (or about 600,000) each year. But did you know that heart disease is around 80% preventable simply by eating a healthy diet, exercising and not smoking? Despite this, more than 25% of Arizona’s kids are overweight and 1 in 8 kids in Arizona are obese — all of which leads to a lifetime of heart health issues.

Each year more than 30,000 kids, teachers and parents tour the Halle Heart Children’s Museum to learn how to live a heart healthy life, and beginning this year we will educate thousands more kids now that we’re open to the general public for the first time. By being a sponsor at our breakfast Pearson can make a real difference in the health of Arizona’s kids.

Public Hours Launch Celebration Feb. 6-7, 2015

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Lub Dub Invites You to Our Public Hours Launch Celebration!

The Halle Heart Children’s Museum is now open to the public and we’re celebrating with a two-day special event. Stop by on:

Friday Feb. 6 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Saturday Feb. 7 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

We’ll have activities, games, heart-healthy cooking demos and more. Best of all, in celebration of National Wear Red Day admission is FREE to anyone who wears red. 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. Regular admission is $5 for children and adults age 4 and up (free for kids age 3 and under).

Get Involved With 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.

Here’s how you can get involved:

  1. Spread the Word. The Museum is open to the public noon to 4 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment for group/school tours. Admission is $5 per person (Children 3 and under are free). School tours are free.
  2. Share our BOGO Coupon. We are currently offering “buy one, get one” admission. Coupons can be downloaded at http://www.hhcm.org/deals/. Please share this link with anyone you think may enjoy visiting the Museum.
  3. Book an Event. The Museum is a unique backdrop for special events year round including meetings, birthday parties, training and corporate receptions. For more information contact Claudine Wessel at (602) 414-2813 or at claudine.wessel@heart.org
  4. Be a Table Captain. The Museum is holding its first fundraising event in the late spring and is actively looking for table captains to fill a table of 10 at a free, one hour inspirational breakfast. If you are passionate about helping kids learn how to live healthier lives please consider being a table captain. More information is available by contacting Cara Foster at cara.foster@heart.org.
  5. Sponsor an Exhibit or Program. There are numerous opportunities for businesses to sponsor exhibits and programs at the Museum at wide range of sponsorship levels. Details are available by contacting Cara Foster.
  6. Get Social. Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/aha.hhcm), Twitter (www.twitter.com/halleheart), and Instagram (www.instagram.com/aha.hhcm)
  7. Volunteer. The Museum is always in need of volunteers to help out with various tasks, including volunteer docents during public hours, community outreach events and so much more. For a current list of opportunities, visit our Get Involved page.

For general information about the Halle Heart Children’s Museum call (602) 414-2800 or visit www.hhcm.org.

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

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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).

By |October 22nd, 2014|Categories: Meet Our Heart Guides|Tags: , |0 Comments

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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