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Food For Thought Exhibit Opens November 15 at the Koshland Science Museum

WASHINGTON—A new exhibit, Food for Thought, opens Thursday, November 15, at the Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences. This interactive experience invites visitors to explore the science of healthy eating at every age.
 
In Food for Thought, shop a virtual grocery store to balance nutrition needs while staying within budget so that every choice counts for you and your family’s health. Play a high school cafeteria game where your challenge is to serve healthy and balanced meals that meet national guidelines. Explore nutritional requirements at every stage of life, get the facts on dietary supplements, and test your knowledge in a quiz.
 
“This content is extremely relevant to everyone,” said Diane E. Griffin, professor and chair in molecular microbiology and immunology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and chair of the committee that developed the exhibit. “Each day, we are faced with many decisions about what to eat. Understanding the science behind good nutrition can help us to make better choices for life.”
The museum will host a Food For Thought public celebration on Friday, November 23, from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Special events on this holiday weekend include hands-on science activities, strategy and logic games, raffles, and more. For more information, visit https://koshland-science-museum.org/events/food-thought-celebration.
 
Food for Thought was developed based on many reports published by the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine, including School Meals: Building Blocks for Healthy Children (2010); Use of Dietary Supplements by Military Personnel (2008); Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools: Leading the Way Toward Healthier Youth (2007); Dietary Reference Intakes: The Essential Guide to Nutrient Requirements (2006); and WIC Food Packages: Time for a Change (2005).

Reporters are welcome to tour the exhibit. To schedule a tour, contact Amy Shaw, Community Relations Manager at the Koshland Science Museum, at ksm_media@nas.edu or 202-334-1201.
 
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About the Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences
The Koshland Science Museum invites teens and adults to interact with the issues in a thought-provoking setting. Whether exploring on their own or with friends, visitors have the opportunity to use science to solve problems and to engage in stimulating conversations. The Koshland Science Museum is located at 525 E St., N.W., Washington, D.C. For more information, visit http://www.koshland-dc.org or call 202-334-1201.
 
Media Contacts: Amy Shaw, Koshland Science Museum
Tel.: 202-334-1201; ksm_media@nas.edu
 
Lorin Hancock, National Academy of Sciences
Tel.: 202-334-2183; news@nas.edu