Tidewater Physical Therapy Sponsors Virginia Living Exhibit Promoting Healthy Living to Youth

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The exhibit features 65 original watercolors of Native American scenes and colorful characters illustrating health and diabetes prevention messages for children.

Tidewater Physical Therapy is an independent, out patient practice.

Tidewater Physical Therapy was founded in 1986 and has clinics throughout southeastern and central Virginia.

Wise animal characters engage youth children in celebrating the joys of physical activity and healthy aging.

For more than 25 years, Tidewater Physical Therapy has worked to keep patients of all ages as involved as possible in active, healthy lives. Today, Tidewater Physical Therapy is pleased to announce that their mission further extends to educating young people about the importance of physical activity and healthy aging.

Tidewater Physical Therapy is among several local businesses sponsoring a new, free exhibit at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News – Through the Eyes of the Eagle.

“The exhibit features 65 original watercolors of Native American scenes and colorful characters illustrating health and diabetes prevention messages for children,” according to the Virginia Living Museum. “Wise animal characters engage youth children in celebrating the joys of physical activity and healthy aging.”

The exhibit includes a five-minute exercise video that mimics animal activities, as well as a hands-on play kitchen that teaches the children about nutrition and how to prepare balanced meals.

Why sponsor the exhibit? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease (and)…more likely to have prediabetes, a condition in which the blood glucose levels indicate a high risk for development of diabetes.”

The physical fitness and healthy eating lessons in the exhibit are told “through the eyes of an eagle” because “the eagle uses time-honored Native American tradition of storytelling to pass on tribal culture and teach lessons of life.”

The exhibit is based on a series of four books: Through the Eyes of the Eagle, Knees Lifted High, Plate Full of Color and Tricky Treats.

Each story in the lessons were written by Georgia Perez of the Nambe Pueblo, with illustrations by Patrick Rolo, Band River Band of Ojibwe; and Lisa Fifield, Oneida Traibe of Wisconsin, Black Bear Clan.

This free exhibit is open now through April 28. The Virginia Living Museum is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard in Newport News, Va.

Tidewater Physical Therapy was established in 1986 in Newport News and today includes more than 30 physical therapy clinics in Southeast and Central Virginia, as well as two Performance Centers offering personal and sports performance training.

Learn more about the Virginia Living Museum at http://www.vlm.org and about Tidewater Physical Therapy and its Performance Centers at http://www.tpti.com or http://www.tidewaterperform.com.

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