Professor Wellbody's Academy of Health & Wellness

Opening December 2012

 

Please Note

Due to construction in Building 2 of our new Professor Wellbody's Academy of Health & Wellness, coming this fall, interior access from Building 2 to Building 3 is closed and guests will need to use our exterior pathway. Thank you for your patience.

 

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For the first time in more than ten years, Pacific Science Center is creating a new permanent exhibit -- Professor Wellbody's Academy of Health & Wellness. Scheduled to open this December, this innovative and highly immersive new exhibit will bring guests of all ages into the imaginative world of Professor Wellbody, demonstrating how personal choices can positively affect our health and well-being. Seven-thousand square feet of hands-on inventions, gadgets, activities and experiences will present health as a life-long process of balancing exercise, diet, proper rest and hygiene.

Learn what the health and healthcare community is saying about this exciting project:

Construction is now under way inside Building 2 and access to and from Building 3 is closed until the exhibit opens. A special construction wall with viewing spaces will allow members and guests to watch the exciting progress. Keep up with the project by following our construction blog or sign up for our free weekly newsletter by using the form at the bottom of this page. When it's completed we're sure you'll be as thrilled as we are to experience this new exhibit.

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Over the past few years, Pacific Science Center has been developing an innovative and highly immersive new exhibit, Professor Wellbody's Academy of Health & Wellness. Scheduled to open December 2012, Professor Wellbody's Academy of Health & Wellness will bring guests of all ages into the imaginative world of Professor Wellbody, demonstrating how personal choices can positively affect our health and well-being. Building on a history as Washington's portal to Science, the Science Center is aiming to connect the public to more unfolding research and inspiring more children than ever before through improvements to its content and delivery. Seven-thousand square feet of hands-on inventions, gadgets, activities and experiences will present health as a life-long process of balancing exercise, diet, proper rest and hygiene. These tools and resources for managing health and well-being will help guests discover the control each of us has over many aspects of our wellness.

"We face a constant and changing stream of research on do's and don'ts around our health and wellness," said Bryce Seidl, Pacific Science Center president and CEO. "As the region's neutral convener for health education and dialogue, Wellbody's Academy will be the ideal backdrop for the community to come together for discovery and discussion in a friendly setting."

This is the Science Center's first new permanent exhibit in more than a decade. It will address individual and community health and well-being at a time when preventable conditions such as obesity, and chronic diseases like Type II diabetes are on the rise and access to healthcare is a growing concern.

This new exhibit exemplifies how Pacific Science Center is transforming itself for the future--becoming a more vital connection for the public with current scientific research and discoveries. In Professor Wellbody's Academy of Health & Wellness, The Studio will give guests the opportunity to learn about healthcare careers and current health, wellness and life science research taking place in our region. By integrating this kind of rotating and regionally relevant programming into a fun and dynamic environment, the Science Center will bring science to life in new and innovative ways.

"As we approach our 50th anniversary on October 22, 2012, we're already planning for our next half-century of service to this region and beyond," Seidl said. "Our plans will become tangible as we bring new experiences like the groundbreaking new Professor Wellbody's Academy of Health & Wellness exhibit to life."

The development of the exhibit's concept and content is the result of extensive research, planning, and imagination--including significant volunteer input from community leaders and nationally-recognized experts in health care. As part of the process, Pacific Science Center hired Gyroscope Inc. an exhibition design firm based in Oakland, CA to bring the idea of Wellbody Academy to life. The team at Gyroscope Inc. come from science center or interactive museum backgrounds and were the ideal partners to tackle this unusual project.

In February, the Science Center chose a firm out of Alameda, CA named Group Delphi for the fabrication of Professor Wellbody's Academy of Health and Wellness. Group Delphi has roots in theater, and has a sound reputation for understanding all the disciplines required for effective storytelling, communication and production. They have begun fabricating several elements of the exhibit design and will begin prepping the Building for installation on July 23, 2012.

Because the exhibit will help improve life-long health behaviors in our region, it has been enthusiastically embraced by the healthcare community.

Given its long-standing focus on health promotion and improvement, Group Health Cooperative stepped forward to provide the Science Center with a generous planning grant to help develop the exhibit concept.

"Since 1947, Group Health has focused on helping to improve the health of our patients and of the communities we serve," said Group Health President & CEO Scott Armstrong. "Helping the Science Center bring Professor Wellbody's Academy of Health & Wellness to life is a natural extension of our mission to help people in their journey to lead the healthiest, best life possible."

Serving approximately one million guests on site and more than 300,000 students and teachers throughout Washington state each year, Pacific Science Center is the ideal venue for outreach to the broader public about health and wellness.

Since the Science Center opened in 1962, it has been a leader in inquiry- based interactive science education. As an independent not-for-profit educational institution, Pacific Science Center inspires lifelong interest in science, math and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs.

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Professor Wellbody's Academy of Health & Wellness would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. Thank you to the following for their generous support:

Professor Wellbody's Academy Of Health & Wellness
Current Partners

Laureates
Anonymous
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 

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IMLS

SEPA

Fellows

In honor of Chow Chuan-Yuan and King Kuei-Ru
Joshua Green Foundation
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust
Pacific Medical Centers
Swedish Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center and Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason

Honors

Bartell Drugs
The Boeing Company
Delta Dental of Washington 
First Choice Health
Public Health - Seattle & King County and
   U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Seattle Children's
UW Medicine

Scholars

Amgen
Bastyr University
Ben B. Cheney Foundation
Darigold Inc
Rick and Terri Downey
Lynne Graybeal and Scott Harron
Harold and Mary Frances Hill
The Koewler Family
D.V. and Ida McEachern Charitable Trust
Jim Norris
Nysether Family Foundation
Office Max
Judy Pigott
Erik G. Pihl
Puget Sound Physicians, PLLC
RL Smith
Robert L. and Mary Ann Wiley
Tina and Karl Neiders

Interested in supporting Professor Wellbody's Academy of Health & Wellness? A gift of any size helps us provide exploration into the world of health and wellness to children and families throughout the region. Donations can be made online or contact our Development Office at (206) 443-3643 or wellness@pacsci.org. You may also mail your gift to:

Pacific Science Center
Attn: Development Office
200 Second Ave North
Seattle, WA 98109-4895

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Contact Information:

Crystal Clarity
Director of Marketing
(206) 443-3659
cclarity@pacsci.org

Katelyn Del Buco
Public Relations/Marketing Specialist
(206) 269-5728 office
(831) 332-3631 after hours/mobile
kdelbuco@pacsci.org

More Information:

Wellbody Academy Announcement
Wellbody Academy Toolkit