Press Releases & Statements 2012

 

SCIENCE MUSEUM OF MINNESOTA TO WELCOME NEW
BODY WORLDS & THE CYCLE OF LIFE EXHIBITION

Special presentation focusing on human life cycle opens January 18, 2013

Saint Paul, MN—On Friday, January 18, the Science Museum of Minnesota will open BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life, a new version of the groundbreaking anatomical exhibition series that has been seen by more than 35 million people around the world. Tickets are now on sale for this limited engagement exhibition that will give visitors a chance to experience the human body in all its elegance and complexity.

In BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life, Science Museum visitors will witness the body living through time—as it changes, grows, matures, and finally wanes. Inside the 14,000-square-foot exhibition, which was designed by creative and conceptual designer of BODY WORLDS, Dr. Angelina Whalley, visitors will discover more than 200 real human specimens, including 20 full-body plastinates. All specimens are preserved through plastination, a remarkable scientific process invented by pioneering anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens. In addition to showcasing the wonders of human development, the extraordinary real specimens demonstrate the complexity, resilience and vulnerability of the human body in distress, disease and optimal health. Visitors will marvel at the life processes that are captured in the exhibition and will leave with a new appreciation of the power we have to keep our bodies healthy throughout the life span.

The first presentation of Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies in Saint Paul was the most powerful – and most popular – exhibition in Science Museum of Minnesota history. It made its Upper Midwest debut at the Science Museum in May 2006. During its seven month run at the museum, it was overwhelmingly well-received and drew a record-setting 750,000 visitors.

“At the Science Museum, we know that real, authentic experiences provide the most meaningful learning opportunities,” says Mike Day, senior vice president at the Science Museum of Minnesota. “Visitors of all ages are going to find that this new presentation of BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life exhibition provides one of those authentic experiences, showing the human body in all stages of life in ways they will never forget. We are thrilled to bring a new BODY WORLDS exhibition to the Science Museum of Minnesota.”

Highlights of BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life include:
• More than 200 specimens, many of which have never been seen in this market. Visitors to BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life will see individual organs and systems, as well as full-body plastinates in various action poses, including a skateboarder, a baseball player, a ballet dancer, ice skaters, a woman executing a yoga pose, and more.
• A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, a stunning look at conception and prenatal development. This area features a multimedia display on cell division and a remarkable collection of plastinated embryos and fetuses acquired from historical anatomical collections.
• The Artists' Gaze, an exploration of the sight and visions of artists Claude Monet and Edgar Degas, who suffered from cataracts and retinal eye disease.
• Centennial Village, a feature on the findings on geographic clusters around the world where the longest living people live—from Okinawa, Japan and Ovodda in Sardinia to the Hunza region of Pakistan.

Visitor Information
Tickets for BODY WORLDS go on sale to the public today and may be purchased online at www.smm.org, via phone (651-221-9444), or in person at the Science Museum’s Box Office. Admission into the Science Museum and BODY WORLDS is $27 for adults; $19 for kids ages 4 to 12 and seniors (tickets for BODY WORLDS, exhibit galleries, and Omnitheater are also available). Discounts are available for Science Museum members, groups of 15 or more, and individuals with limited incomes.

A BODY WORLDS audio guide will be available for rental at the entrance to the exhibit. Rental is $5 per adult and $4 for children and seniors. BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life will run through May 5, 2013.

About BODY WORLDS
Invented by Dr. von Hagens in 1977, the plastination process replaces the natural fluids in the specimen with liquid reactive plastics that are hardened and cured with gas, light, or heat. Before hardening the plastic in the specimens, the plastinates are fixed into extraordinary, lifelike poses, illustrating how our bodies internally respond to everyday movements and activities. Plastination provides the flexibility and strength needed to display and preserve the specimens in their true-to-life form, without the use of glass barriers or formaldehyde. Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS exhibitions stem from an established body donation program that relies on donor consent. The specimens on display, excluding a small number of acquisitions from anatomical collections and anatomy programs, stem from a body donation program that was begun in 1983 by Dr. von Hagens.

The Science Museum of Minnesota serves more than one million visitors each year with its hands-on exhibits, breathtaking giant screen films, special events, and unparalleled education programs. It is located at 120 West Kellogg Boulevard in downtown Saint Paul. For specific directions, parking information, hours, show times and ticket information, call (651) 221-9444 or visit www.smm.org.

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PLEASE NOTE: Images from BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life are available for media use. Visit www.bodyworlds.com/media, click on “Press Picture Database,” and select “BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life (Saint Paul, USA).” General exhibition b-roll is also available. Contact Sarah Imholte (651-221-9412, simholte@smm.org) for access.

Media Contacts:
Kim Ramsden/Chris Bauer, Public Relations Co-Directors, (651) 221-9423
Sarah Imholte, Public Relations Coordinator, (651) 221-9412
Peg Roessler, Public Relations Representative, (952) 949-6550

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Kentucky Science Center announces BODY WORLDS Vital
Renowned exhibit of plastinated human specimens to open January 20, 2013

Louisville, KY (November 13, 2012) – The Kentucky Science Center announced today its newest exhibit, BODY WORLDS Vital, opening January 20, 2013. This exhibition, created by world renowned Dr. Gunther von Hagens features real, donated human specimens allowing visitors to examine anatomy, physiology and health through an extraordinary process called Plastination, (a method of specimen preservation that makes anatomical display possible).

BODY WORLDS Vital will offer our community as a whole the opportunity for reflection, conversation and action around the notion that positive behavior choices lead to improved health. Given the health realities of our region and state, this exhibition aims to empower by illustrating the effects of our own human behavior on the body,” said Joanna Haas, Kentucky Science Center Executive Director. “With an amazing constellation of community partners, we are working to harness this unique and powerful exhibition as a platform from which we can respectfully, comprehensively and creatively invite dialogue and learning about the human form and about being good stewards of our bodies.”

“Spalding University’s goal, through this partnership, is to enhance the knowledge of the public about the human body, health and lifestyle” said Dean Berryman. “Faculty and students from the College of Health and Natural Sciences, which includes Natural Sciences, Nursing, Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis, and the Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy, will be at the Science Center throughout the exhibit to educate the public. Topics will vary--such as scientific presentations relative to the physiological functions of our bodies and discussions focused on prevention of injuries, and wellness.”

“We think this is the health event of the year,” said Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, Director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. “We are very excited to partner with the Kentucky Science Center for BODY WORLDS Vital. Our partners share a common mission to educate our citizens by promoting health and wellness, preventing disease, illness and injury, and protecting the health and safety of our residents. You won’t want to miss this!”

“Health and wellbeing is at the heart of what we do at the Y,” said Steve Tarver, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Louisville. “The BODY WORLDS Vital exhibit will reinforce the call for us to care for our bodies such that our lives can be long, healthy and vital. The Y is delighted to be part of the Kentucky Science Center’s Body Vital, and we will be on hand during the run of the show to reinforce the lessons of the exhibit.”

Member tickets are on sale starting today, November 13, 2012. Tickets for the general public will be available beginning November 28, 2012. All tickets are timed for BODY WORLDS Vital exhibit entrance. Member ticket prices for BODY WORLDS Vital: $10 for adults and $5 for children 2-12. IMAX® available as an add-on. Public tickets start at $20 for adults (includes BODY WORLDS Vital and permanent exhibits) and $15 for children 2-12. Other ticket combinations and prices available. The purchase of a BODY WORLDS Vital ticket includes the permanent exhibit galleries. Tickets to only access the Science Center’s permanent exhibits will also be available. Museum hours are Sunday - Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday - Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. For tickets and additional information, visit, www.kysciencecenter.org.

The first opportunity to preview BODY WORLDS Vital is at the Science Center’s annual fundraising event, Science with a Twist: Every Body Will Be There, on January 19, 2013. The exhibition opens to the public the next day on January 20, 2013 and runs through May 19, 2013. Tickets for Science with a Twist are now on sale and can be purchased at www.KYScience.org.

The Science Center will also open the IMAX® film The Human Body beginning on January 20, 2013. The Human Body reveals the incredible story of life, presenting a look at the biological processes that go on without our control and often without our notice, all on the four-story IMAX® screen.

About the Kentucky Science Center (www.KYScienceCenter.org)
The Kentucky Science Center is a nonprofit educational institution that encourages people of all ages to enjoy science, mathematics and technology in a stimulating and engaging environment that is educational as well as entertaining. Designated the “State Science Center of Kentucky” by the 2002 Kentucky General Assembly, the Kentucky Science Center features interactive exhibits and engaging programs for children, families and adults. The Kentucky Science Center is committed to growing a scientifically literate community that investigates, questions, and challenges.

About BODY WORLDS Vital (www.bodyworlds.com)
BODY WORLDS Vital is the latest chapter in the series of BODY WORLDS Human Saga exhibitions. Vital presents a special collection of specimens designed to show visitors the essentials for human health and wellness. The Exhibition includes whole-body plastinates, a large arrangement of individual organs, organ and arterial configurations and translucent slices that give a complete picture of how the human body works. Vital tells the fascinating story how to best fight, manage and prevent life-threatening diseases -- such as cancer, diabetes, and heart ailments -- through healthy choices and lifestyle changes. Dr. Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS exhibitions are the original anatomical exhibitions of real human bodies. They display authentic human bodies, willed by donors and preserved through plastination. The series is designed to educate the public about the human body and increase health awareness. Learn more at www.bodyworlds.com.

About The Human Body
IMAX® film, The Human Body is a presentation of The Learning Channel (TLC) and BBC Worldwide of a Discovery Pictures/BBC co-production in association with the Maryland Science Center and the Science Museum, London with major funding provided by the National Science Foundation. Narrated by Dr. Robert Winston, Europe’s leading infertility specialist and frequent media commentator, this ground-breaking film reveals the incredible everyday story of life in a way never before seen. In astonishing detail, the giant screen film presents a slice of our life -- a look at the daily biological processes that go on without our control and often without our notice.

For more information, contact: Brittney Gorter Sr. Manager of Marketing & Sales Direct: (502) 560-7159 Mobile: (502) 930-0784 brittney.gorter@louisvilleky.gov

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AFRICAN PREMIĒRE BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life
Breakwater Boulevard V&A Waterfront, Cape Town 31 October 2012 – 31 January 2013

25 September 2012, Cape Town: Blue Ocean Exhibitions and anatomist Dr Gunther von Hagens announce the African première of the world-renowned anatomical exhibition, BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town from 31 October 2012. Having already been to 70 cities throughout the world and seen by over 35 million people, this life-changing exhibition will resonate with every South African, regardless of age, education or religion.

The original ground-breaking exhibition created by the trailblazing scientist, Dr Gunther von Hagens, BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life shows the complexity, resilience and vulnerability of the human body through anatomical studies of the body in distress, disease and optimal health.

BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life is an anatomical exhibition that has an established body donation programme and the informed legal consent of all those on display. It includes more than 200 plastinates—specimens preserved through ‘plastination’, which is a process of preserving human tissue invented in 1977 by Dr von Hagens.

The plastinates teach the visitors about the human body in many different ways. For schools, students and medical professionals, the plastinates are an indispensable tool because they transform abstract theories about human biology by showing the systems of the body in penetrating detail.

Visitors to BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life will witness the arc of ageing—the body living through time from the spark of conception to old age - refracted through the latest findings in longevity and ageing science. “The older I get, the more I realize that death is normal and that it is life that is exceptional,” said Dr von Hagens. “I hope this exhibition will encourage people to strive to live with inspiration every day throughout their lives.”

Tyrone Thöle, MD of Blue Ocean Exhibitions says: “BODY WORLDS has always intrigued and proved irresistible to the public. This exhibition will no doubt become one of Cape Town’s ‘must-see’ attractions this summer and will appeal to everyone who is interested in knowing how their body works. We believe this is probably the biggest exhibition of this scale ever to hit African shores so we’re enormously proud to be able to work with the BODY WORLDS team in bringing it to Cape Town.” For more information about BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life, please visit www.bodyworlds.co.za

BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life … see how amazing you are

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The History of Our Body Donation Program

August 16, 2012—From his early years as a researcher at the University of Heidelberg, where he invented his science of plastination in 1977, Dr. Gunther von Hagens made a distinction between clinical anatomy and public anatomy, between the use of bodies without consent common in clinical anatomy for the training of medical students, and the ethical imperative for informed legal consent in the case of plastination and eventually public anatomical exhibitions.

The reason for this was very sound. In clinical anatomy, after students have dissected a body and used every part of it for medical study, it is given a ritualized finality either through cremation or burial. In Plastination, there is no such finality. The body is preserved permanently.

By 1982, Dr. von Hagens was firmly convinced that informed legal consent had to be the ethical backbone of his science and the organizing principle of plastination because plastinated bodies would be preserved, in Dr. von Hagens words, for "didactic eternity, longer than the mummies and pharaohs of Egypt."

His convictions were so strong that he began the world’s first body donation program for plastination. He wrote to more than 3000 people who were registered donors in the University of Heidelberg’s anatomy department donor program telling them about his new science and inviting them to become donors in his new body donation program for Plastination. 1600 of them were interested and became the first donors. In 1993, the Institute for Plastination took over the management of the body donation program.

With the creation of the Body Worlds exhibitions, there were new elements to be taken into consideration: that of public display and the charging of admission to the public to view the plastinated specimens. Dr. von Hagens consulted philosophers, ethicists, religious, and medical professionals to refine his thinking on the importance of informed legal consent. It seemed clear that there was a fundamental human right at stake, a human right that was inviolable--that of an individual’s right to choose his or her own post-mortal state. It was quite clear to him that it would be ethically untenable to have a deceased person undergo plastination to be put on display in a museum setting—without his or her informed legal consent.

As of July 2012, this program, the source of the bodies in Body Worlds, has more than 13,300 donors worldwide, 12,172 living donors and 1138 deceased donors. There is a cultural and racial dimension to body donation to the Institute’s program. Most of the donors are German because that is where the Institute is based, and also because 7+ million Germans have seen Body Worlds, with about 2 visitors a day seeking inclusion in the Institute's body donation program. Body donation to science is in keeping with the cultural history, traditions. and sensibilities of Germans. The second largest group are North Americans. We have 1385 living donors and 30 deceased donors from North America. In China, we have only one donor and we believe it is because of Chinese culture and beliefs about burial of the dead.

Excluding a small number of specimens acquired from historical anatomical collections and anatomy programs, the plastinated specimens on display in Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS exhibitions stem from this Body Donation Program.

More information about our program can be found at: http://www.koerperspende.de/en.html

Our body donation brochure is available for download here:
http://www.koerperspende.de/en/downloads.html

Information about BODY WORLDS are available on this web site.

For further information, please contact pressoffice@plastination.com

Plastination Company Inc. DBA
Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS
c/o Bash Gesas & Company · 9401 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 700 · Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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CORRECTION:
Statement from the Organizers of Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS Exhibitions

Click here to see the correction in Chinese

August 15, 2012—In recent days, there have been a number of factually incorrect, misleading, and false reports in China’s online, print, and electronic media about Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS—the original anatomical exhibition of real human bodies. These reports make erroneous and false statements about the bodies used in Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS exhibitions.

It is important to note that Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS is the original exhibition of real human bodies and that it is not affiliated with copycat displays. Though Dr. von Hagens’ Plastination invention – the process that makes anatomical specimen preservation and display possible -- has been used by copycat exhibits, Dr. von Hagens is not affiliated with any of the copycats that use his invention and methods. The only exhibitions Dr. von Hagens is affiliated with are those that bear the name, Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS.

Excluding a small number of specimens acquired from historical anatomical collections and anatomy programs, the plastinated specimens on display in Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS exhibitions stem from a unique Body Donation Program established in Heidelberg, Germany in 1992. The bodies in Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS are donor bodies willed by donors, to be used after their death, for the express purpose of educating the public about health and anatomy. The body donor program, managed by the Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg since 1993, has a roster of more than 13,300 individuals, the majority of them German and North American.

Documents relating to the donated bodies in Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS have been satisfactorily reviewed by two ethics committees formed by the California Science Center in Los Angeles, USA and the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, USA where Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS exhibitions were presented in 2005. A copy of the ethics review is available for download here: http://www.bodyworlds.com/en/media/press_kit.html#ethic

While there are copycats that use Chinese bodies, Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS exhibitions do not include Chinese bodies. While copycats have admitted using unclaimed and found bodies from China, Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS exhibitions states categorically that it has never used unclaimed or found bodies, or bodies of executed Chinese prisoners for that matter, in its anatomical exhibitions of real human bodies.

For more information on this briefing, please contact Body Worlds Media Office at email: pressoffice(at)plastination.com www.bodyworlds.com

Plastination Company Inc.
Organizer of Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS USA Exhibitions
c/o Bash Gesas & Company · 9401 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 700 · Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Click here to see the correction in Chinese

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BODY WORLDS Vital Drawing Crowds to State Museum        

January 9, 2012: Columbia, S.C.- BODY WORLDS Vital, the South Carolina State Museum's blockbuster exhibit featuring real donated human bodies, is attracting a record number of visitors seeking to find out what makes them tick and how they can better take care of themselves.

Since opening in mid-November, 23,895 visitors have come through the gate through December, as opposed to 13,995 during the same period last year. During December, attendance to the BODY WORLDS blockbuster was 11,147, three-and-a-half times the 3,077 who saw the Pirates blockbuster last December.

"This 11,147 figure represents a 62 percent capture rate, which means that 62 percent of the museum's general admission visitors also saw the BODY WORLDS Vital exhibit," said Director of Education Tom Falvey. "This is a fantastic figure because generally, 40 percent capture rate is considered to be very good."

In addition, during the week following Christmas, nearly 1000 people a day visited the museum. The total attendance for December was a record-breaking 18,000, which exceeded the old record, set in 2008, by 33 percent.

South Carolina schoolchildren also have visited in greater numbers. In November and December, 8044 students came to the museum, an improvement of 20 percent over the same period of 2010. Also, while 554 visited the Pirates blockbuster during the same time last year, eight times that number - 4476 students - have taken in BODY WORLDS Vital. Many more have booked visits in the coming weeks.

"It's really no surprise given the highly educational nature of the exhibit," said Falvey. "Everyone who has seen it, student or adult, has been awed by the complexity and wonder of the human body."

The purpose of the exhibit is to teach people about the wonders of the human body, how its organs and systems are interconnected, and to encourage visitors to make healthy lifestyle choices. By making choices not to smoke, to eat healthy foods and get regular exercise, the exhibit can help people live longer, healthier and happier lives.

"We've really been pleased that people are turning up in large numbers to see BODY WORLDS Vital, because, like its title, it really does have important information to impart," said Falvey. "The exhibit's previous versions have traveled the world to rave reviews and have been seen by more than 33 million people. 

"One result has been that thousands of people have quit smoking after seeing the lungs of a smoker compared to those of a non-smoker. This shows that the exhibit can, and has, had the effect of actually saving lives. So we're very glad people are seeing the wisdom in educating themselves about their bodies through this exhibit."

BODY WORLDS Vital is at the museum in Columbia for a limited engagement. The museum is open extended hours on Tuesdays (10 a.m. - 8 p.m.) and Saturdays (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.) in addition to its normal hours of 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. It is also open 1-5 p.m. Sundays.

Media sponsors for the exhibit include WIS -TV, WCOS-FM, The State, Lamar Advertising and Time Warner Cable.

Admission to BODY WORLDS Vital is $11 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and $7 for ages 3-12, in addition to general museum admission. South Carolina students in groups are admitted to the exhibit for $5.

Tickets can be purchased, and information can be found, on the Museum's Web site, scmuseum.org.

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State Museum Launches BODY WORLDS Vital CollegeWeek Competition

January 23, 2012: Columbia, S.C.- The South Carolina State Museum is proud to announce a special half-off admission contest to the blockbuster exhibit BODY WORLDS Vital to South Carolina college students.

Students enrolled at any accredited South Carolina college or university can now visit the South Carolina State Museum Facebook page www.facebook.com/scstatemuseum and vote in the "College Week" competition for a chance to give the entire student body at the winning school half off regular combo admission (general museum admission and BODY WORLDS Vital) during College Week, Feb. 19-23.

The voting period is now open and ends at midnight ET on Feb. 15. The competition will award two winners, one from the large school category and one from the small school category.

Division I includes colleges and universities with enrollment of more than 5,000 students. Division II contains colleges and universities with fewer than 5,000 students. The two schools that gather the most votes during the contest period will win the half-off discount for all their currently enrolled students over age 18 who possess a valid student ID.

Voters may simply go to the State Museum's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/scstatemuseum, click on the "College Week" contest tab and cast their ballots.

About BODY WORLDS Vital

BODY WORLDS Vital is the largest exhibition ever presented by the State Museum. The exhibit opened Nov. 13 and runs through April 15, 2012 with 6,500 square feet of real human bodies, organs and systems assembled to teach guests how best to take care of their bodies and live longer, healthier and happier lives.

BODY WORLDS Vital is open to the public in the State Museum's Blockbuster Gallery. Admission is $11 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and $7 for ages 3-12, in addition to general museum admission. South Carolina students in groups are admitted for $5. Tickets can be purchased, and information can be found, on the Museum's Web site: http://www.scmuseum.org.

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S. C. State Museum Announces BODY WORLDS Vital College Week Winners

February 17, 2012: COLUMBIA, SC- The University of South Carolina and Columbia College have been announced as winners of the BODY WORLDS Vital College Week contest sponsored by the South Carolina State Museum.

The State Museum hosted the contest from Jan. 18 through Feb. 15. All accredited South Carolina colleges and universities had a chance to vote for their schools online to win half-off admission to the BODY WORLDS Vital exhibit during College Week, which is Feb. 20-26.

Based on the number of votes each school received on the museum's Facebook page, USC won the Division I category, which included colleges and universities in South Carolina with enrollment of more than 5,000 students, and Columbia College won in Division II, which comprised state colleges and universities with fewer than 5,000 students.

The schools' wins earned them the half-off discounted entry to BODY WORLDS Vital for all their currently enrolled students during the week of Feb. 20.

Facebook users were able to vote for their favorite college or university on the State Museum's Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/scstatemuseum. 

BODY WORLDS Vital is the biggest "blockbuster" exhibit the State Museum has brought to South Carolina. It features 14 real, donated human bodies, plus individual organs and systems. By showing museum guests what's inside them and how the body works, the exhibit aspires to promote healthy lifestyle choices so people can better take care of their bodies, and live healthier, happier and longer lives. 

BODY WORLDS Vital can be seen in the State Museum's Blockbuster Gallery through April 15. Media sponsors for the exhibit include WIS -TV, WCOS-FM, the State, Lamar Advertising and Time Warner Cable.

Admission is $11 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and $7 for ages 3-12, in addition to general museum admission. South Carolina students in groups with advance reservations are admitted for $5 each. Tickets can be purchased, and information can be found, on the Museum's Web site: http://www.scmuseum.org.

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State Museum Brings Vital Health Fair March 24

March 14, 2012: Columbia, S.C. - "Health and wellness" is a phrase that has perhaps been used a lot in recent times, but South Carolina State Museum guests who have visited the current blockbuster exhibition BODY WORLDS Vital have come to realize that good health and the body's wellness cannot be taken for granted.

On Saturday, March 24, the museum will present a health fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special guest Patricia Moore-Pastides, the first lady of the University of South Carolina, will speak on the importance of nutrition and exercise and sign copies of her cookbook "Greek Revival." Presenters from Palmetto Health Community Services and Providence Hospital will talk about diabetes, prostate cancer and women's heart health.

Palmetto Health Community Services will offer free screenings for diabetes and prostate cancer at 11 a.m. These screenings involve a simple blood test.

In addition, a number of local chapters of health and community organizations will be on hand to give out information on such topics as cancer, organ donation, diabetes, exercise for children, and more. To add to the festivities, mascots and activities for children will be provided by the Good Bodies program of USC's Arnold School of Public Health on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

"BODY WORLDS Vital has made all of us here at the museum and those thousands of people who have seen the exhibit so far, aware of what a marvelous creation the human body is," said Director of Operations Meika Samuel. "There are many things we can do to take care of our bodies-to preserve our health, even when the body is in distress. We want to offer information that will help people do this."

These events are free with membership or museum admission.

BODY WORLDS Vital can be seen at the State Museum in Columbia through April 15. The museum is open extended hours on select days through the exhibit's closing. 

Media sponsors for the exhibit include WIS -TV, WCOS-FM, The State, Lamar Advertising and Time Warner Cable.

Admission to BODY WORLDS Vital is $11 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and $7 for ages 3-12, in addition to general museum admission. South Carolina students in groups are admitted to the exhibit for $5.

Tickets can be purchased, and information such as a schedule of events and extended hours, can be found on the Museum's Web site, scmuseum.org.

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Spectacular BODY WORLDS Vital Draws To a Close April 15

March 30, 2012: Columbia, S.C.- Only a few days remain for South Carolinians and their guests to take in the South Carolina State Museum's dramatic and stunningly popular blockbuster exhibit BODY WORLDS Vital.  

The incredible exhibition of real, donated human bodies, individual organs and systems ends April 15.

"This exhibit has been a total success, from the multiple standpoints of education, popularity and importance to the lives of its visitors," said Tom Falvey, director of education.

"The public has poured into the exhibit, and heaped it with praise for the marvelous lessons it teaches as well as its beautiful presentation."

The 14 bodies, perfectly preserved by creator Gunther von Hagens's process of plastination, are displayed in athletic poses from dancing to fencing to roping to demonstrate that our bodies were made for action and motion, and that if we take care of them, we can live long, happy and healthy lives.

Some of the organs and body slices also reveal the consequences of not taking care of our bodies by eating bad food, not exercising and other unhealthy habits such as smoking. Cancer, obesity, heart disease and diabetes are a few of the major, mostly avoidable illnesses people can bring upon themselves through unhealthy lifestyle choices.

"The good news is, it's never too late to change, and by making wise choices, most of these conditions can be reversed," said Falvey. The lungs, for instance, can begin to clear once a person quits smoking. Diabetes can be avoided, or sometimes at least controlled, by a healthy diet.

And losing and keeping off weight lessons the strain on the heart, possibly adding years to a person's life.

"We've been very gratified at the response of the public to this important exhibition," said Falvey. "Everyone from families with young children to doctors has been enthralled with the intricacy and delicacy, yet the durability of the human body. We hope that they will all benefit for a lifetime from the experience they've had with BODY WORLDS Vital."

The State Museum will continue to observe extended hours (Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., plus Mondays and Wednesdays through Fridays 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.) through the exhibit's end on Sunday, April 15. The museum will be open for Easter.

Media sponsors for the exhibit include WIS -TV, WCOS-FM, The State, Lamar Advertising and Time Warner Cable.

Admission to BODY WORLDS Vital is $11 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and $7 for ages 3-12, in addition to general museum admission. South Carolina students in groups are admitted to the exhibit for $5.

Tickets can be purchased, and information can be found, on the Museum's Website, scmuseum.org.

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SCIENCE NORTH CELEBRATES THE CANADIAN PREMIERE OF BODY WORLDS VITAL - BLOCKBUSTER EXHIBITION OPENS TO THE PUBLIC ON APRIL 28TH

April 25, 2012: SUDBURY, ON - The Canadian Premiere of BODY WORLDS Vital opens tonight at Science North with a special event for 200 invited guests.

"The McGuinty government is pleased to support Science North in presenting the first-ever Canadian showing of BODY WORLDS Vital," said Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. "This highly acclaimed exhibit is a perfect blend of entertainment and education that will amaze children and adults alike."

Physician and anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS exhibitions are the original, precedent-setting public anatomical exhibitions of real human bodies, and the only anatomical exhibitions with an established body donation program, with bodies willed by donors - during their lifetime - for the express purpose of serving BODY WORLDS' mission to educate the public about health and anatomy. The bodies are preserved through a remarkable process called Plastination.

BODY WORLDS Vital, the latest in the BODY WORLDS series of groundbreaking exhibitions, celebrates the potential of the human body and the body in motion. The exhibition shows the body in health, distress and disease and tells the pressing story of how best to defeat life-threatening diseases - such as cancer, diabetes and heart ailments - through informed choices and lifestyle changes. This blockbuster exhibition will open to the public, on Saturday, April 28th, following three days of special previews for stakeholders, media, Science North Members and educators.

"We are extremely excited to be hosting BODY WORLDS Vital as it opens for the first time ever in Canada," states Guy Labine, Science North CEO. "It's a fascinating and thought-provoking exhibit that aligns perfectly with the Science North mission to involve people in the relationship between science and everyday life. The BODY WORLDS series of exhibitions offer an unprecedented opportunity to learn about the human body and human anatomy. Science North is proud to be able to bring this high calibre travelling exhibition to Northern Ontario."

"Science can challenge us but it can also offer great insight, and that is what this exhibition does," says Jennifer Pink, Science North Science Director. "Until now, few of us would ever have the opportunity to appreciate the complexity of our bodies and to understand how our everyday decisions about what we do and what we consume have a direct impact on our vitality. BODY WORLDS Vital does all this and more."

The Canadian premiere of BODY WORLDS Vital at Science North has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation. Additional financial support for the exhibition is provided by Celebrate Ontario and the Tourism Event Marketing Partnership Program (TEMPP).

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OLYMPIC DREAMS - Creating a Path to Health, Wellness & Adventure

July 11, 2012: SUDBURY, ON - Science North is pleased to present the BODY WORLDS Vital Speaker Series discussing topics of healthcare, lifestyle and fitness. Join accredited doctors, awarded researchers, and an Olympic gold medalist as they explore the human body and the concept of vitality. Package with a visit to BODY WORLDS Vital for an ultimate night out!

In its Canadian premiere at Science North, the BODY WORLDS Vital exhibition celebrates the amazing potential of the human body and features authentic human bodies in stages of health, distress, and disease.

If packaged with a visit to the BODY WORLDS Vital exhibition, visitors can tour the Special Exhibits Hall starting at 6:00 p.m.

Adam Kreek, Olympic Rowing Gold Medalist - July 19th at 7:30 p.m. in the Vale Cavern

Olympic Rowing Gold Medalist, High Performance Expert, Entrepreneur and Community Advocate, Adam Kreek joins us to share new and invigorating perspectives on success, achievement, health and fulfillment, and experiences in his 13 year rowing career. After circumnavigating Vancouver Island in April, Adam will next set out on an expedition in December to row across the Atlantic Ocean with his Ocean Adventure Rowing crew. During this voyage, Adam's team will collect research data on human physiology, ocean biology and physics to increase our understanding of the planet and its connection with the human condition.

BODY WORLDS Vital and Speaker Series combination tickets are $20 each for Science North Members and $25 each for the general public. Speaker Series tickets only are $13.00 each for Science North Members and $15.00 each for the general public (H.S.T. extra).

Visit sciencenorth.ca/speakers for more information or to purchase tickets.

The BODY WORLDS Vital Speaker Series is funded by Celebrate Ontario and supported by CBC Radio One in Sudbury.

The Canadian premiere of BODY WORLDS Vital at Science North has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural

Attractions Fund Corporation. Additional financial support for the exhibition is provided by Celebrate Ontario and the Tourism Event Marketing Partnership Program (TEMPP).

Visit bodyworlds.com for more information on the BODY WORLDS exhibitions.

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