(Cleveland) – Experts from Rainbow Babies and Childrens Hospital visited the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo today, to teach families about the importance of heart health.
Two gorillas at the zoo are on medication because they are being treated for heart disease.
Dr. Christopher Snyder, chief of Pediatric Cardiology at Rainbow says heart disease remains the number one health threat in America, so they educated kids by providing fun, hands-on activities to learn about their hearts and how to keep them healthy.
The Heart Healthy You event ran until 3 this afternoon. It featured pediatric heart experts from UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and representatives from The American Heart Association and The Children’s Museum of Cleveland.
The first 1,500 kids received a cinch bag, jump rope and passport that led them through six stations with a heart health challenge. Kids who completed all the challenges were eligible to participate in a drawing for a free prize.
Throughout the day, kids also learned how Cleveland Metroparks Zoo keeps the gorillas healthy through carefully planned diet and exercise programs. They watched several cool videos to get the inside scoop on the Gorilla Health Project and meet Mokolo and Bebac, the Zoo’s resident male silverback gorillas.
While on the route, families participated in the Zoo’s special summer attractions like watching a seal and sea lion training demonstration, feeding the giraffes, watching a live animal show or seeing the African elephants cross from one side of their exhibit to the other.
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