“I am thrilled that the Children’s Museum of Manhattan is working on the Eat Sleep Play initiative, and I want to thank you for your commitment to improving the health of our Nation’s children. . .” —Michelle Obama
Making sure children eat healthy, get enough sleep and exercise is one of the biggest struggles facing parents. With obesity rates skyrocketing – and its tremendous impact on healthcare costs – the health and well-being of our children has never been more important. But getting kids to eat healthier foods, turn off the TV, engage in more physical activity and ensure they get the right amount of sleep can be a challenge.
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) has a long history of engaging families, caregivers, teachers and researchers through our exhibits, programming, cultural events and community outreach.
EatSleepPlay™: A CMOM Health Initiative is a national, comprehensive, arts & literacy health-based project that uses creative and fun ways to engage children and their parents. CMOM supports families in making simple changes in the area of nutrition, sleep and active play to build a healthy mindset and positive, lifelong habits.
EatSleepPlay™: A CMOM Health Initiative includes a new permanent health exhibit at CMOM, and exhibit replication plans for national distribution with small museums and community centers; a new early childhood obesity prevention curriculum; family health programs at the Museum; obesity prevention outreach programs in high-need communities; professional development programs for childcare providers, health professionals and teachers; and evaluation findings that will help inform policy and practice.
The Initiative is guided by an esteemed national committee of medical experts, researchers, health and museum professionals, and community-based educators.
EatSleepPlay™: A CMOM Health Initiative is funded, in part, by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund; the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency; Goldman Sachs Gives; W.K. Kellogg Foundation; the United Way of New York City; the Joan Ganz Cooney Fund at the New York Community Trust; and Amherst Foundation.