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Published on June 16, 2016

MOSH opens 'Health in Motion,' a new interactive exhibit

By Charlie Patton, Florida Times-Union

The Museum of Science & History has opened a new core exhibit, “Health in Motion: Discover what MOVES You.”

Five local health care systems — Baptist Health, which includes Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Brooks Rehabilitation, the Mayo Clinic, St. Vincent’s HealthCare, and UF Health Jacksonville — funded the exhibit and worked with MOSH leaders to plan it.

The interactive exhibit replaces “The Body Human,” which also focused on health but had fewer interactive elements and less of an emphasis on data from Northeast Florida.

The 725-square-foot exhibit uses data gathered from the 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment, a joint effort by the five not-for-profit health systems. Leaders from those systems worked with the curatorial team at the museum for more than a year, developing interactive stations that illustrate how environment and lifestyle impact individuals in the Northeast Florida area that includes Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties.

“This exhibit creatively explains how movement impacts all aspects of our lives, from how movements inside of our bodies keep us alive to how moving our bodies keeps us healthy,” said Mike Schatzlein, president and CEO of St. Vincent’s HealthCare.

“The exhibit will do wonders to help educate, inform, inspire and, most importantly, improve the quality of health for many who view and learn from it,” said Gianrico Farrugia, CEO of Mayo Clinic’s Jacksonville campus.

The museum has also reconfigured the pathway through its exhibits. Before remodeling there were two entrances into the exhibit area, one into “The Body Human” through a door that looked like a mouth and one into the Atlantic Tales exhibit. The mouth has gone to Hemming Park and there is now a wall where the mouth used to be. Now the only entrance from the lobby is into the Atlantic Tales exhibit. Those entering “Health in Motion” do so from the exhibit area and exit through the gift shop.

Grand opening activities for the exhibit will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. They will feature special presentations on healthy living and interactive booths from health care groups and organizations including the Jacksonville Jaguars. Museum members will receive early access to the exhibit at 9 a.m.

The opening of this new core exhibit is part of the museum’s celebration of its 75th anniversary.

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