Q1. What is the purpose of Body Walk?
A. The purpose is to teach children “being smart from the inside out.” Children in Mississippi are failing health. We have too much obesity and the health problems that come from obesity. Body Walk teaches children what good food and healthy choices are, and how to make those choices. After the tour, they receive a workbook that reinforces the lessons of the tour. Also, each school receives a health kit that teachers can use to further teach the importance of exercise, healthy food, and smart choices.
Q2. What grade level is Body Walk designed for?
A. Kindergarten through fifth grade.
Q3. How big is the Body Walk?
A. Body Walk is a 40′ by 40′ walk-through exhibit. It needs a room 60′ by 60′ with 12′ ceilings.
Q1. When can I schedule Body Walk?
A. Body Walk scheduling is open twice a year, in the spring and fall. We send out an email to all the County Extension Agents to let them know the exact date when scheduling opens. If you want Body Walk, it is best to have a few different dates in mind, because when open, the schedule fills up quickly.
Q2. How can I schedule Body Walk to come to my school?
A. If you are a County Extension Agent, call us in the spring or fall when scheduling is open. If you are a teacher, parent, school nurse, or principal, please contact your local County Extension Agent to let them know you want Body Walk to come to your school.
Q3. How many people do I need to make Body Walk a success?
A. You need 10-12 adults to help set up and take down the Body Walk exhibit. On the day(s) that children tour, you need 11-15 volunteers.
Q4. How long does it take to set up and take down the exhibit?
A. Two hours for set up, one and a half hours for take down with 12 adults.
Q5. Why do the kids have to take their shoes off?
A. Body Walk sees over 20,000 children a year. Part of the exhibit consists of flooring that could be damaged if all those children were allowed to walk across it wearing shoes. We care for our exhibit and want it to look nice for as long as possible.
Q6.How many kids can go through in a group?
A. Eight to ten.
Q7. How long does it take to tour the exhibit?
A. Allow one hour. This allows time to remove shoes, get lined up, take the tour, exit, and put shoes on.
Q1. Can high school students be volunteers?
A. Yes. They must be over 15 and responsible. For example, we have had great success with Allied Health Students as volunteers.
Q2. Can I bring my coffee/tea/soft drink into the station with me?
A. No. Water is the only beverage allowed in the Body Walk and no food is allowed. Water is in encouraged because we know talking will make you thirsty.
Q3. Do I (as a volunteer) have to take my shoes off?
A. Yes, because we require the students to and they perceive it as fair for you to remove your shoes as well.
Q1. Do I have to go through with my students?
A. Yes. Your class will most like be in two to three groups. Please pick the group you wish to tour with.
Q2. Do I have to take my shoes off?