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Let’s Move Museums and Gardens Webinar: Wednesday, March 19
Learn How Museums and Gardens Can Use the USDA’s MyPlate in Programming and Food Service

The Institute of Museum and Library Services will host a free webinar for museums and gardens that are looking for strategies to improve the nutrition and well-being of their communities. Representatives from Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens will share how they use MyPlate resources to support programs and healthy food service.

MyPlate is part of the U.S Department of Agriculture, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion which works to improve the health and well-being of Americans by developing and promoting dietary guidance that links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers. provides downloadable materials, healthy recipes, online tools, and access to expert nutritional advice.

This webinar is being offered free of charge and no pre-registration is required. Webinar presenters will provide an introduction to MyPlate resources, and show how museums and gardens are using MyPlate to support programming for children and families. To participate in the webinar, simply go to this Blackboard Collaborative Meeting Room at the time of the webinar, enter your information, and join the conversation. You may listen using your computer’s speakers or dial 1-866-299-7945. When prompted, enter the passcode 9485763#. LMMG_stacked

Date: Wednesday, March 19
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Webinar presenters include:

• Christopher Reich, Senior Advisor, Office of Museum Services, Institute of Museum and Library Services
• Donna Johnson-Bailey, Acting Director of Public Affairs, USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
• Marjorie Collins-Della Rocco, Education Coordinator,Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut
• Melanie Martin, Early Childhood Specialist, Children’s Museum of Phoenix

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens
Let’s Move! is a national initiative to get kids moving and eating healthy food. It aims to support healthy children and families.
Through Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens, museums, zoos, gardens, science and technology centers can join the call to action. With their impressive reach and great potential for impact, museums and gardens can launch community efforts to create a healthier generation using interactive exhibits, outdoor spaces, gardens and programs that encourage families to eat healthy foods and increase physical activity.

About MyPlate
MyPlate is part of a larger communications initiative based on 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans to help consumers make better food choices. MyPlate is designed to remind Americans to eat healthfully. The icon is the centerpiece of the initiative which is amplified through strategic partnerships, social media, interactive tools, and a strong Web presence. Learn more at

IMLS Press Contact
Giuliana Bullard,