‘Get Moving: Playing with Food’ Jan. 21 at Discovery Center

Staff Report

To start the year off on a healthy note, Rockford’s Discovery Center is hosting “Get Moving: Playing with Food” from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21. Discover your plate while you play with portions, dive into dairy, get goofy with grains, pick your proteins, vary your veggies, and flip for fruit.

Learn some great ways to get moving to keep your body healthy. The Winnebago County Health Department and the University of Illinois Extension Office will help you test your knowledge of “every day” and “sometimes” foods, make a placemat and participate in other fun hands-on activities.

Children will also learn how to measure ingredients and determine proper portion sizes with help from medical students at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

Bean Sprouts — Hip and Healthy Kids Café will be hosting a cooking class for a limited number of children age 5 and older from 2 to 2:30 p.m. and from 2:30 to 3 p.m. Great Harvest will help you taste-test grains, and Midwest Dairy will teach you a few things about cheese and let you enjoy some “cheesy” samples.

No registration is required for this event, which is included with museum admission: $7 adults, $7 children ages 2-17.

The event is part of the Get Moving! Initiative in Rockford. GetMoving! is a local community initiative to facilitate active living and healthier eating through policy and environmental changes. To learn more about Get Moving!, visit www.getmovingnow.net.

Discovery Center Museum is a nonprofit science and children’s museum with more than 200 hands-on exhibits, planetarium, special area for children younger than 6, and an outdoor science park. The museum, inside Riverfront Museum Park at 711 N. Main St., can be reached at (815) 963-6769 or online at www.discoverycentermuseum.org.

From the Jan. 18-24, 2012, issue

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