WHO: Moffitt Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida, will host an event through its Moffitt Healthy KIDZ Program.

WHAT: The Moffitt Healthy KIDZ Program offers innovative health education for elementary and middle school students guided by the philosophy that prevention starts early. Moffitt Healthy KIDZ teaches students about the importance of healthy nutrition, exercise and the dangers of smoking.

Moffitt Healthy KIDZ will host more than 40 Hillsborough County science teachers grades 6-12, county administrators and representatives from the Museum of Science and Industry, giving the educators an opportunity to see firsthand inside Moffitt’s world-class center.

The Hug a Science Teacher event will kick off with Nikki Ross-Inda, community relations coordinator at Moffitt, and Larry Plank, director of K-12 STEM Education with Hillsborough County Public Schools. Heiko Enderling, Ph.D., will discuss “Mathematics in Oncology,” and teachers will get hands on with an interactive MOSI display and conversation about healthy lifestyle in education.

Other activities include an Arts In Medicine project, yoga demonstration, and presentations on breast and skin cancer, closing the event with a virtual tour of the McKinley campus.    

Through this partnership, Moffitt plans to expose and develop future STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers with young students.

Lunch will be provided.

WHEN: Monday, Feb. 13, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

WHERE: Moffitt McKinley Outpatient Center
             Gruden Huddle Room
             10920 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa, FL 33612

CONTACT:  For more information, contact Community Relations Coordinator Nikki Ross-Inda at Nikki.Inda@Moffitt.org.

PHOTOS: See photos from last year’s Hug a Science Teacher event here and here.

About Moffitt Cancer Center

Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 47 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the No. 6 cancer hospital in the nation and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2.5 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 5,200 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.1 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube