New exhibit features interactive virtual cycling game
HARTFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Connecticut Science Center today opened its latest exhibit –
“Cycling to Wellness” – an interactive space that includes a virtual
cycling game and is designed to highlight the health benefits of cycling.
The exhibit is sponsored by and developed in collaboration with
UnitedHealthcare. Connecticut Science Center and UnitedHealthcare
executives were joined by Matthew Busche, a pro cyclist from the
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“We are excited to present this exhibit to our visitors from Connecticut
and beyond – and thank UnitedHealthcare for making this possible,” said
Matt Fleury, president and CEO, Connecticut Science Center. “Visitors
will not only get to learn more about the health benefits of cycling and
other fitness-related information, they will be able to race against one
another in a virtual experience.”
“Cycling to Wellness” includes, in addition to the cycling game, a
Build-a-Bike interactive cycling program, which enables children to test
their bike designs on various landscapes from a level concrete surface
to a rugged mountain trail; educational information on the health
benefits of bicycling and other health-related information; and a
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling racing bicycle used during the 2015
professional cycling season.
Busche was on hand to talk about cycling and bike safety. He reminded
visitors to wear bicycle helmets, follow street and trail rules, and
drink plenty of water, among other tips.
According to research, cycling is a good form of exercise. It improves
cardiac health and overall strength and flexibility, and it enhances
mental well-being. Connecticut has more than 400 bike trails varying in
length, difficulty and terrain, according to ctbikeroutes.org.
“UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to bring ‘Cycling to
Wellness’ to the Connecticut Science Center so visitors can see
firsthand the benefits of cycling and learn more about getting and
staying healthy,” said Stephen Farrell, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of New
Access to “Cycling to Wellness” is included with the purchase of a
general admission ticket or a Science Center membership. For more
information on this and other exhibits, visit the Science Center’s
website at CTScienceCenter.org.
UnitedHealthcare has more than 5,000 employees in five offices across
the state. In addition to its collaboration with the Connecticut Science
Center, the company supports organizations and initiatives in
Connecticut, primarily focusing on children, senior citizen and veteran
health. In 2015, nearly 3,000 employees volunteered more than 31,000
hours to community-based efforts.
About the Connecticut Science Center
LEED-Gold certified Connecticut Science Center, located in downtown
Hartford, sparks creative imagination and an appreciation for science by
immersing visitors in fun and educational hands-on, minds-on interactive
experiences while maintaining an environmentally conscious presence.
Serving more than two million people since opening in 2009, the Science
Center features more than 165 exhibits in 10 galleries and a range of
topics, including space and earth sciences, physical sciences, biology,
the Connecticut River watershed, alternative energy sources, Connecticut
inventors and innovations, a children’s gallery, and much more. Other
features include four educational labs, a 200-seat 3D digital theater,
function room, gift store, and ongoing events for all ages.
The Science Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing
science education throughout the state of Connecticut and New England,
providing learning opportunities for students and adults of all ages,
and engaging the community in scientific exploration. The Connecticut
Science Center is also the home to the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell
Academy for Teachers, offering powerful Professional Development for
educators. More information: www.CTScienceCenter.org
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