Notebaert’s Nature’s LunchBox exhibit serves up lessons and laughs

The more we hear about kids’ health, eating and exercise habits, the worse it gets, and there’s no shortage of organizations rolling up their sleeves.

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum has jumped in with its newest exhibit, Nature’s LunchBox, which presents a big-picture view of food systems that engages kids of all ages.

The exhibit, which opened earlier this fall, teaches kids about how food travels from the farm to their kitchen. It encourages children to make positive food choices, such as eating fresh produce and avoiding processed foods.

“Food does not just appear magically in our lunchboxes, nor does it disappear magically when we’re done with it. We want our visitors to become more conscious consumers-for the environment and for their own health,” said Deborah Lahey, the museum’s president.

Amy Langdon is a writer for the Medill News Service.

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