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Let’s Move Pittsburgh Launches Virtual Book Club for Kids
Phipps Conservatory’s Children’s Health Program Starts Free Discussion Series to Encourage Healthy Habits

Pittsburgh, PA – Let’s Move Pittsburgh, a children’s health program of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, is pleased to announce the launch of an all new free virtual program, the Let’s Move Pittsburgh Book Club. Starting Tues., Sept. 7, kids ages 4 – 9 are invited to read the book of the week that the LMP team has selected and join in on a virtual discussion about the book.

Books chosen for discussion focus on one of the four key messages of LMP’s 5-2-1-0 initiative, which encourages kids to have 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables, 2 hours or less of recreational screen time, 1 hour or more of physical activity, and 0 sugary drinks and more water every day. Free virtual discussions with book club members will take place each Tuesday from Sept. 7 through December from 4 – 4:30 p.m. LMP Book Club picks can be found at The Shop at Phipps or at your local Carnegie Library.

“The Let’s Move Pittsburgh Book Club was created to foster healthy habits and a love of reading. Our hope is that book selections will encourage family discussion about healthy habits and a love of reading,” says Let’s Move Pittsburgh Senior Program Manager Heather Shannon.

Let’s Move Pittsburgh and the LMP Book Club are sponsored in part by UPMC Health Plan. Learn more and register at phipps.conservatory.org/LMPBookClub.


About Let’s Move Pittsburgh: Let's Move Pittsburgh is a program of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and a collaborative effort of organizations in Southwestern Pennsylvania committed to addressing childhood obesity in our region. Since many lifetime habits are established in childhood, Let's Move Pittsburgh focuses on children and advocates on their behalf by: 1) Identifying and building upon current best practices; 2) Uncovering, analyzing and removing barriers to change; and 3) Developing and establishing a consistent message among healthcare providers, early childcare centers, schools, out of school and community programs, and the food, restaurant and beverage industry about what we should be doing for children now to foster better habits for the future. Learn more at letsmovepittsburgh.org.

About Phipps: Founded in 1893, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA is a globally recognized green leader with a mission to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse. Encompassing 15 acres including a historic 14-room glasshouse, 23 distinct indoor and outdoor gardens and industry-leading sustainable architecture and operations, Phipps attracts more than half a million visitors annually from around the world. Learn more at phipps.conservatory.org.

Watch TEDx: What We Can Learn From an Old Glasshouse: A look at the evolving way we connect people to nature at Phipps, demonstrate how human and environmental health are inextricably connected, and show that to age gracefully, we must continually reinvent ourselves to evolve with the rest of the world.