A picture of health

Picture of health

By Kristin Sibbitt

UF Health Jacksonville chief executive officer Russ Armistead addresses the crowd during the opening of an exhibit highlighting health at the Museum of Health and Science in Jacksonville.

UF Health Jacksonville recently collaborated with four other Jacksonville hospitals to create health-centric content for the newest exhibit to open at the Museum of Health and Science: Health in Motion – Discover what MOVES you.

Representatives from the organizations worked side by side to share information about how body systems function and the major issues that plague Duval County: heart disease, asthma, traumatic brain injuries, stroke, diabetes and obesity.

“UF Health Jacksonville is proud to be a part of the unique collaboration efforts with MOSH and five other health care institutions throughout Jacksonville,” UF Health Jacksonville chief executive officer Russ Armistead said. “We all share a common commitment to providing accurate information in order to expand the knowledge and better the health of the people within our community. The new Health in Motion exhibit showcases the importance of presenting a unified voice across the communities we serve in Northeast Florida and beyond.”

This summer, MOSH held a grand opening for the exhibit, which will remain a fixture in the museum for years to come. For the exhibit, UF Health Jacksonville physicians contributed facts and statistics on heart disease and stroke. The Health in Motion display shares information about how to prevent these two deadly diseases. The exhibit shows visitors how external factors affect the health of the community and provides solutions to encourage residents to live healthier lifestyles.

At the end of the exhibit, visitors are tasked with accepting the 5-2-1-0 challenge, which encourages everyone to make simple but beneficial changes in their day-to-day lives.

“Health in Motion is a unique exhibit for Jacksonville and its surrounding areas in that it speaks to relevant health issues in our community. It simply integrates how our personal lifestyle choices, combined with external factors, like built environments, education and income, impact our individual and communitywide health,” said Maria Hane, executive director at MOSH. “This is a great model for collective impact and we hope other cities will use this as an example.”

The health needs of the community are a top priority for UF Health Jacksonville. This project not only sparked a conversation about how to improve the overall health of the community, but also gave these organizations a chance to collaborate on an exhibit that will have a positive impact on Jacksonville residents for years to come. For more information about the Health in Motion exhibit, visit TheMOSH.org.