The Family Room

Children and family members can play mini-games, watch food demonstrations, taste healthy food and drink, participate in a scavenger hunt and learn first aid and firearm safety tips in the family room. The simple goal of living a healthy lifestyle is not so simple in today;s increasingly complex society. Many people are overwhelmed with the steady stream of new information about ways to eat more nutritiously, become more physically fit, and keep all family members safe. The various exhibits are sponsored by the Penn State Extension Nutrition, Diet, and Health team and Nutrition Links Program; Penn State Extension Food Safety Team; Penn State's Food Science Department; Penn State University Police Community Education Program; and the Penn State Extension Pesticide Education Program.

Where: Main St between West 8th and 9th St

Displays and Activities will include the following...

  • Dining with Diabetes – This exhibit will focus on sweet foods and diabetes prevention. Visitors will learn how eating too many sweets can lead to weight gain and tooth decay, how to make the right choices and compare sweeteners, and some healthy cooking tips.  Find more information on our Website.
  • Healthy Lifestyles Food Demonstrations –  Food enthusiasts can observe quick and healthful recipes being prepared hourly, gather serving ideas, taste the resulting fare, and receive a copy of the featured recipe.
  • Home Food Preservation and Consumer Food Safety – Penn State Food-safety specialists will provide information about how to safely prepare and preserve foods at home
  • First Aid and Firearm Safety Tips – Children can meet a police officer and visit with members of Centre LifeLink to learn about helpful first aid tips.  Firearms safety material will also be on display in addition to gun locks (while supplies last). 
  • Mediterranean Cuisine - Visitors will learn about culinary practices related to the Mediterranean way of eating and living, while discovering regionally produced local foods.
  • Naturally Flavored Water – Visitors can taste water flavored with fruit and learn the importance of water in their daily diet.
  • Protect Yourself from Bloodsuckers! - Visitors to the Pesticide Education Program exhibit will learn more about protection from mosquitoes and ticks. Are you dressed properly for the outdoors? Should you apply an insect repellent - if so, what kind, how much, and how often? Answers to questions like these will be discussed through interactive stations.
  • Viva Las Veggies! Don't Gamble with Your Health - Eat Right! This interactive display will encourage individuals and families to eat more vegetables and increase the varieties they choose for better health.