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

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