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Penn State Health St. Joseph sponsors Reading Museum exhibit that uses animal character to relate good health to children

September 2015 – Reading, Pa. – Penn State Health St. Joseph is sponsoring an exhibit at the Reading Public Museum that opened in September that explore the relationship between animal and human health challenges.

In “Fat Dogs & Coughing Horses,” Holly’s Heaves is a ten-year-old horse that has asthma, which is called “heaves” in horses. Visitors will learn about the respiratory system by taking a closer look at the lungs through touchscreen videos and hands-on activities. They’ll also find out what triggers asthma and what can be done to alleviate some of the symptoms while understanding that the respiratory system of people and other animals works the same way.

Hot Dog needs to get back into shape (like 44% of all dogs—and the same, or more number of Americans!). Visitors can discover how obesity can lead to other health concerns and learn about healthy food and exercise choices. Join Hot Dog on his “fitness challenge” featuring steps, a punching bag, and other activities for staying in shape.

“These exhibits give students and their caregivers a very hands-on look at two of the most pressing health issues today,” says Penn State Health St. Joseph’s Vice President of Marketing Mike Jupina. “This is an engaging and interactive exhibition focused on educating kids about the evolving science around youth obesity and asthma, and how their individual lifestyles can impact their health.”

Both exhibits were organized by Purdue Veterinary Medicine and the Purdue Agriculture Traveling Exhibit Design Center, supported by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The Reading Public Museum is supported in part by grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and is located at 500 Museum Road, Reading, Pa. Admission per day is: $10 adults (18-64), $6 children/seniors/college students (w/ID) and free to Members and children three years old and under. The Museum is open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit them online at www.readingpublicmuseum.org.

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