Port Discovery Receives National Honor For Healthy Eating

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — They are celebrating at Port Discovery. The children’s museum in downtown Baltimore received some national recognition.

Ron Matz reports a special chef helped to serve up a healthy meal Tuesday morning.

It was a cook and tell at Port Discovery Children’s Museum. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake even brought her daughter Sophia to the event.

The healthy cooking program for children has a message.

“We are fighting a nationwide epidemic of childhood obesity. Part of the problem is education and access. This is a great way to give kids information about healthy eating,” saidRawlings-Blake. “I’m working out and counting calories. I want to be healthy, with a daughter I’m trying to set a good example, and I am committed to making Baltimore one of the healthiest cities in the nation.”

Rosemary raisin bears with low-fat cream cheese was on the menu Tuesday. Doctors say diet is just part of the fight against childhood obesity.

Port Discovery has just been designated as a “Good to Grow Museum” because it promotes healthy living for families.

“It means that we’ve been designated as a children’s museum that’s really embraced healthy habits and healthy lifestyles,” said Bryn Parchman, President of Port Discovery. “We firmly believe that a family that gets started early on a path to healthy living will make a difference down the road, in terms of excellence in school, what they do after school and in terms of the health of the city.”

“Port Discovery means a lot to my family. My mom’s been involved with Port Discovery for years and my daughter loves Port Discovery and talks about it all the time,” said Rawlings-Blake.

Port Discovery is one of only six children’s museums out of 350 nationally and internationally to receive the “Good to Grow” designation.

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