Carnegie Mellon University
February 28, 2012

Press Release: CMU's Children's School To Host Family Healthy Mind & Body Festival

Contact: Shilo Rea / 412-268-6094 /

PITTSBURGH—Americans are struggling with weight and health-related issues at an alarming rate. First Lady Michele Obama is championing the battle against childhood obesity, and now Carnegie Mellon University's Children's School is joining the fight.

At the Children's School's annual Family Festival, students and their families will learn various ways to increase the health of their minds and bodies. Activities will include creating a snack with the recommended nutritional balance, exploring the power of the five senses and learning how to promote strong teeth. Participants also will play games designed to sharpen the brain and make a personalized Zen garden.

"The goal for families and educators working with young children is to build foundations now for lifelong healthy habits," said Sharon Carver, director of the Children's School. "Meeting this goal requires consistent modeling, direct instruction, frequent coaching and daily practice. Our initiative also supports CMU's 2012 campus-wide health slogan, 'Strive to Thrive.'"

Founded in 1968, CMU's Children's School is a laboratory school that focuses on hands-on learning for children between the ages of 3 and 5. The school is part of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences' Department of Psychology and allows the university to sustain a world-class level of child development research.

What: Family Healthy Mind & Body Festival

When: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 1

Where: Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall 17, Carnegie Mellon University

Media: Members of the media are invited to attend but must register by noon, Thursday, March 1 at 412.268.6094 or