The Pursuit of Healthy-ness

a photo of test tubes filled with fat

A display of test tubes measure the fat content of unlikely foods.

In the Pursuit of Healthy-ness is a display for the patients, visitors, staff and faculty of the hospital to enjoy. The exhibit addresses major concerns with our society and its well-being today, providing useful information from how to prevent type 2 diabetes to ways to get children off the couch and exercising. Learn more about the gallery by browsing the four sections below, and don't forget to test your knowledge by taking our online quiz.

Quiz

How much do you know about maintaining a healthy lifestyle? Take our quiz to find out.

At the Doctor’s

Medical professionals stress the importance of preventive health care for people of all ages, including adults 65 and older. Especially after age 65, older adults are at increased risk for diabetes, heart attack and stroke, and the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer's disease. Read about the symptoms, risks, treatment, and prevention:

Where we Live/In the Home

The average American spends more than 90% of his or her time inside. Potential hazards in homes include biological and chemical pollutants, inadequate lighting, and poor physical design. These hazards can lead to everything from injury to asthma to cancer. But you can take steps to protect your family. Come to the exhibit to find many ways to keep your home healthy. Below, learn more about smoking and radon pollutants:

At the Park/In the School

Regardless of age, weight or athletic ability, aerobic exercise is good for you. This section of the gallery will show you how regular aerobic activity, such as walking, bicycling or swimming, can help you live longer and healthier. The exhibit has interactive stations set up to test your balance, flexibility, and strength training.  We've included the benefits of the exercises here, but you'll have to take a trip to the exhibit if you want test yourself! Also take a look at the young visitors guide to help kids develop healthy exercise habits.

What we Eat

We've heard time and time again that obesity is a major problem with American society. Portion sizes have considerably grown in the past few decades, thus promoting unhealthy habits for our children. This section of the exhibit displays many comparisons of portion sizes and good and bad foods. Learn how to get kids off the couch, and find out soda facts including which drinks are the worst for you:

MEDICAL MUSEUM HOME

LOCATION

The Medical Museum is located in the Patient and Visitor Activities Center; take elevator F to level 8 of the John W. Colloton Pavilion.

HOURS AND TOURS

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. All programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. Tours and special arrangements may be made by contacting Adrienne Drapkin, Director, Medical Museum at 319-356-7106.

GIFTS AND DONATIONS

We welcome your donations. Contributions can be made to:

University of Iowa Foundation
c/o UI Hospitals and Clinics Medical Museum
PO Box 4550
Iowa City, Iowa 52244-4550.

CONTACT US

Adrienne Drapkin, Director
Project Art
UI Hospitals and Clinics
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242
319-353-6417
email: uihc-projectart@uiowa.edu