Learn Healthy Habits at Missouri Botanical Garden

St. Louis – Learn how to live a healthy, green lifestyle at the “Healthy You, Healthy Planet Festival.” Hosted by the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, the day of healthy talks, tips, food and fun runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Work off stress by participating in fit-for-life routines, including St. Louis’ Biggest Stretch, yoga and tai chi. Learn about healthy cooking habits, ways to prevent diseases, and the amazing power of plants through expert-led talks. Healthy foods will be available for purchase.

The Missouri Botanical Garden’s Rosy Periwinkle (Cartharanthus roseus), a plant native to Madagascar and known to fight childhood leukemia, is an example of the healing power of plants. The Siteman Cancer Center, along with the Garden and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, partner on the use of plant compounds in the treatment of cancer with clinical trials underway for treating specific cancer types.

“The Missouri Botanical Garden is an important part of our work at Siteman Cancer Center,” said Timothy Eberlein, director of the Siteman Cancer Center. “Offering this event during their 150th anniversary is a special way to show the future of cancer treatment, while letting people improve their health at the same time.”

Washington University experts and physicians at Barnes-Jewish Hospital will offer free health screenings and opportunities to “ask the expert,” while relaxation techniques and traditional remedies will be presented along with the healing arts of horticulture therapy. St. Louis Children’s Hospital will offer fit and healthy activities for children in the “Kids Corner,” including face painters and an opportunity to win a Build-A-Bear Workshop gift card.

Explore the Garden’s special “EarthWays: Living the Green Life,” exhibit and discover technology and ideas for sustainable living. Rising from a model Earth, an abstract, towering “Tree of Life” welcomes visitors inside the Brookings Interpretive Center as the exhibition’s literal and symbolic center. Together with friends Sun, Water, Air and Dirt, the five serve as cheerful, animated character guides to the exhibit.

The “Healthy You, Healthy Planet Festival” is included with Missouri Botanical Garden admission of $8. St. Louis City and County residents enjoy discounted admission of $4 and free admission on Wednesday and Saturday mornings until noon. Children ages 12 and under and Garden members are free.

The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis, easily accessible from Interstate 44 at the Vandeventer exit. Free parking is available on-site and at two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer.

For general information, visit the website or call the recorded event line at 314-577-9400 or toll-free 800-642-8842.

The Missouri Botanical Garden is the oldest continually operating botanical garden in the nation, celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2009. Emerson is the presenting sponsor of the year-long sesquicentennial celebration, Missouri Botanical Garden: Green for 150 Years.

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