About Good to Grow!
Good to Grow! is a leadership
initiative launched by the children's museum field and guided by
the Association of Children's Museums
to support children's museums in providing healthy choices and activities
for children and families in their communities.
Obesity is quickly becoming America's leading
health crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past
20 years among children ages six to eleven, as well as related diseases
such as diabetes,
high blood pressure, sleep apnea, growth disorders and depression.
Recent studies indicate that obese children rate their quality of
as low as children with cancer. Experts believe that family education
is the single most important factor in promoting healthy choices,
yet parents are bombarded with confusing messages and competing
Clearly, help is needed to guide families along
the path to health and well-being. The Good to Grow! leadership
initiative is based on two main premises:
In 2003, a consortium of ACM member museums convened
to address these urgent issues. Consortium members included Boston
Children's Museum, Brooklyn Children's Museum, Chicago Children's
Museum, Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose, The Children's
Museum of Houston and Minnesota Children's Museum. In 2005, the
ACM Board voted unanimously to assume leadership of this initiative.
- The family is the most important factor in
promoting children's health; and
- Families turn to children's museums for engaging
activities, quality interactions and trustworthy information about
child development and health.
Good to Grow! Framework
Good to Grow! will improve the health and wellness of families by
positioning and supporting children's museums as community
leaders in promoting healthy choices through play.
Activate children and families as they
visit our museums and participate in our programs.
Convene and sustain the conversation
about the health of our young children and their families
wherever there is a children's museum.
Improve the environment for our children
by increasing the healthy options available wherever there
is a children's museum, starting with the museum itself.
- Strengthen the children's museum
field through leadership on this issue and the development
of new ways of working together.
Good to Grow! highlights the following
key messages within its multiple implementation strategies.
Eating healthy foods in the right amounts;
Increasing physical activity;
Reducing screen time (including computer
and TV); and
- Connecting with nature through outdoor
To learn more about Good to Grow! and its
activities, please contact Jessica Dodson, Program Manager,
Development & Initiatives at 703.224.3100.
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Good to Grow! Web Site
Areas For Museums to Explore
The Healthy Happenings at Museums area showcases the healthy programs, services and exhibits ACM member museums provide for children and families.
The Good to Grow! Museums area highlights those members who completed the Self-Study process and were designated Good to Grow! Learn more about what it means to be Good to Grow! here.
The Good to Grow! Opportunities
area shares the latest project developments and explains how museums can get involved.
In the Good to Grow! Products area members can download tools, resources and publications to help implement Good to Grow! activities at their museum.
|Access the Museums section of the Good to Grow! Web site with your ACM Members Only logon information. Need a reminder?
Email us at email@example.com.
Areas For Families to Explore
In Family Fun, families plant a virtual Good to
Grow! tree and help their tree sprout colorful stickers
by answering health discovery questions.
The Gallery is the place where families can see
a wild and wacky array of Good to Grow! trees created
by other families.
In Grown-up Stuff adults can find tips and tools
to support their familys good health and connect
with other parents online.
In Museums, families can learn about Healthy
Happenings exhibits, programs and events.
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Resources & Research
Become a Good to Grow! Museum
Children's museums can earn national recognition from ACM increase
their museums' credibility as a childrens health resource
with funders, partners and key audiences by becoming Good to Grow! All Good to Grow! Museums are listed on GoodtoGrow.org and receive a recognition certificate from ACM and a Good to Grow!
Museum seal to display in the museum. Good to Grow! Museums may
use the Good to Grow! logo on marketing materials and museum Web
following have been designated as Good to Grow! Museums
by the ACM for making significant strides to promote health and
wellness to children and families in their communities.
- Creative Discovery Museum (Chattanooga,
- Children's Discovery Museum of the
Desert (Rancho Mirage, CA)
- The Children's Museum of the Brazos
Valley (Bryan, TX)
- Discovery Center Museum (Rockford, IL)
- Port Discovery Children's Museum (Baltimore,
- Discovery Gateway Children's Museum (Salt Lake City, UT)
- Children's Museum of La Crosse (WI)
The first step to becoming a Good to Grow! Museum
is to begin the Self-Study
process (log in as an ACM member and
click on Self-Study),
which guides the museum in benchmarking its health and wellness efforts
and creating a concrete plan for advancing its work.
Questions? Contact Jessica Dodson, Manager, Development & Initiatives.
Healthy Kids, Healthy Museums
Healthy Kids, Healthy Museums is a 100-page publication profiling
30 best practices at childrens museums that offer family-friendly strategies to combat the childhood obesity
epidemic. The publication is a resource to give childrens
museum professionals ideas and tips for implementing successful
models to support healthy families. The articles included in the
publication show the range of innovative health-related programs,
exhibits, initiatives and other practices at childrens museums
across the United States, as well as in the United Kingdom.
Designed to help museums strengthen partnerships
with other community organizations committed to children's health,
Partnership-Building Toolkit is a collection of resources
that focus on choosing the right partners; initiating new partnerships;
goals and outcomes; communicating with partners, media and the public;
and assessing the effectiveness of partnerships.
Visit the online
toolkit (log in as an ACM member and click on Partnership-Building
Toolkit) to download worksheets, tips and sample documents to use
in creating and strengthening museum partnerships that support the
health and wellness of children and families in its community.
Kids Dig Dirt! Green Paper
Tool For Connecting Children and Families to Nature
welcomes children's museums and community organizations
that work with children to download this resource and work together to create experiences that
connect children and families to nature.
General Information & Research
Following is a list of materials and organizations that ACM
program developers have been utilizing in the development
of the Good to Grow! initiative. As Good to Grow! content
pieces (the web site, tool kits, etc.) are produced, each
piece will be vetted by an advisory board that will include
medical, scientific, fitness, museum and education experts
to make sure we have the latest, most accurate information.
|American Academy of Pediatrics
Statement on Obesity, 2003
and Obesity: AAP Resources
|American Dietetic Association
Habits for Healthy Kids: Nutrition and Activity Guide for Parents
& Nutrition Web pages
|American Heart Association
Nation at Risk: Obesity in the United States Statistical Sourcebook
for Families and Teachers: Understanding the Problem
|Centers For Disease
National Leadership Role in Addressing Obesity: June 2005
Telebriefing Transcript: Overweight and Obesity: Clearing the
Confusion. June 2, 2005
and Obesity: Resources
Schools, Healthy Youth
|The Future of Children
Obesity vol. 16, no. 1, Spring 2006
Publication of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International
Affairs at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution
|Connect for Kids
American Physiological Society
Womb to Tomb
Research Quick Links
The research behind the recommendations.
|American Obesity Association
|Trust for America's Health
as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America, 2006
|National Coalition for
Promoting Physical Activity
There is no charge to sign up for this e-newsletter. Published
twice each month, the email contains information on NCPPA activities,
new research and reports, funding opportunities, news stories
featuring physical activity and related issues, and upcoming
|National Association for the
Education of Young Children
the Journal/May 2006: Healthy Young Children: Encouraging Good
Nutrition and Physical Fitness
for Encouraging Good Nutrition and Physical Fitness
|We Can! (Ways to Enhance
Children's Activity & Nutrition)
It" section includes background information
on obesity and educates parents and caregivers on how to help
families maintain a healthy weight by balancing energy IN (calories
from food/drinks) and energy OUT (calories burned through physical
|Child Care Aware- The Daily
And Fitness - Making Healthy Habits A Family Affair, vol. 24
Them The Moves: Get Your Children Active For Life, vol. 38
healthfinder.gov (US Department of Health and Human Services)
The Medifast Plan
Nutrition for Kids: Activities & WebQuests
|Resources for Children
Kick Start Eat Smart!
|United States Department of
Smart. Play Hard
|CDC's BAM: Body and
KidsHealth is the largest and most visited site on the Web providing doctor-approved
health information about children from before birth through
adolescence. Created by The Nemours Foundation's Center for
Children's Health Media, KidsHealth provides families with accurate,
up-to-date, and jargon-free health information they can use.
Thorough sections for Parents, Kids and Teens.
|Other National Health Initiatives
for Healthy Kids
for a Healthier Generation
for Health (World Health Organization)
Can! Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition (DHSS
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The Going Wild Project
Support the Going
Children learn best through multi-sensory
experiences. And childrens museums are experts in stimulating
learning through interactive exhibits and programs. But hands-on
learning can extend beyond museum walls. By providing direct
experiences with nature, childrens museums can nurture
healthy, active kids.
Reaching 31 million children and families
worldwide, childrens museums have the opportunity to
connect kids with nature through wild outdoor play spaces.
The Going Wild project is a five-year endeavor that will create
vibrant outdoor environments at childrens museums and
offer related programming to connect kids to nature and give
them a strong sense of environmental stewardship.
Going Wild will launch over the first two
years at five pilot sites. The National Wildlife Federation
will train museum staff and create a guide for parents to
bring the experience home. In the projects second phase,
childrens museums nationwide will have access to tools
and training to establish their own wild play spaces and experiences.
Forum on Children and Nature has endorsed Going
Wild as one of 30 projects nationwide that creatively reconnect
kids with nature, benefiting their overall health and appreciation
for the great outdoors. By endorsing this project, the Forum
celebrates its relevance, impact and sustainability. The Forum
seeks to raise visibility and support for endorsed projects.
(Ways to Enhance Children's
Activity & Nutrition) is a national public education
outreach program designed to help children 8-13 years old
stay at a healthy weight through improving food choices,
increasing physical activity, and reducing screen time.
We Can! is unique because it provides practical tips and
materials to parents and families in home and community
settings. The We Can! Web site is a one-stop resource for
community groups, health care professionals, and parents
and caregivers with information, fact sheets, and materials
to either download or order including a community toolkit,
parents brochure (in English and Spanish), poster, PSAs
and a wristband.
The program is a collaboration of four
Institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH): the
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National
Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
(NIDDK), National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
(NICHD) and National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Academy of Pediatrics
(AAP) is an organization
of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical
subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated
to the health, safety and well being of infants, children,
adolescents and young adults. AAP is committed to childrens
health and recognizes childhood overweight and obesity
as a serious health concern. The Academy continues to
work for improvements in obesity prevention, treatment,
advocacy and reimbursement.
Society Institute is a nonprofit and nonpartisan
think tank that serves as a catalyst for change by creating
problem-solving interactions among people, and between communities,
government and business that can help to improve society.
Insight into programs that have and have not worked in
recent years has led Civil Society Institute to a unique
model for addressing societys most pressing problems.
Simply stated, its approach lies in the way it serves as
catalysts for change, especially in key areas of critical
need: science policy and regenerative medicine, climate
change and global security and economic change.
In each of these areas, we seek out examples of creative
thinking and activities already underway, including those
of individuals, community groups, businesses and the nonprofit
and public sectors. We create interactions between people,
communities, government and business in order to link successful
programs to groups who can use them, to eliminate obstacles
to success and to encourage informed debate of the issues.
We also support these efforts with strategic planning and,
on occasion, funding. Civil Society Institute is committed
to improving society with breakthrough thinking and creative
Philanthropy Fund of the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
is separate from Fidelity Investments
Charitable Gift Fund, with donor contributions that engage
the Board of Trustees and the organization in direct philanthropy.
The Trustees' Philanthropy Fund has granted more than
$8.8 million to charitable organizations since its inception
in 1991, and has delivered on fulfilling the Gift Fund's
mission to further the American tradition of philanthropy.
- The Institute
of Museum and Library Services is the primary source
of federal support for the nations 122,000 libraries
and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create
strong libraries and museums that connect people to information
and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and
in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain
heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation;
and support professional development.
Libraries and museums help create vibrant, energized
learning communities. Individual achievement and success
as a democratic society depend on learning continually,
adapting to change readily and evaluating information
critically. As stewards of cultural heritage, information
and ideas, museums and libraries have traditionally played
a vital role in helping us experience, explore, discover
and make sense of the world. That role is now more essential
than ever. Through building technological infrastructure
and strengthening community relationships, libraries and
museums can offer the public unprecedented access and
expertise in transforming information overload into knowledge.
The Institute's role is to provide leadership and funding
for the nations museums and libraries, resources
these institutions need to fulfill their mission of becoming
centers of learning for life crucial to achieving personal
fulfillment, a productive workforce and an engaged citizenry.
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