Body Walk traveled to Stonebridge Elementary, setting up in the cafeteria. Cafeterias can be great places for Body Walk, especially if there is no gym, activity building, or auditorium available. Cafeterias are where food is served, and food choices are a huge part of what the Body Walk is about. Not only does Body Walk teach the importance of exercise, no smoking, proper teeth brushing, and frequent handwashing, Body Walk also covers good food choices.
Right from the beginning, in the brain, children are shown items that represent proper portion sizes and what foods make the brain healthy and strong vs what foods make it weak and tired. They are given a food bookmark which they carry with them the rest of their trip through the body, and they keep at the end. Smart food choices are covered in the stomach, touched on in the small intestine, heart, and lungs, and then brought up strong again in the bone and muscle rooms. Presenters cover not only healthy food for breakfast, lunch, and supper, but also healthy food for mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks.Food is a huge part of the lessons imparted by the Body Walk exhibit. How fitting to set the exhibit in a cafeteria where children encounter food choices every day.
Carol Ballard and Sharron Belew from Extension and Sue Townsend and Christy Tigrett from Stonebridge helped make the day a success. It is through the great teamwork of Extension and local schools that Body Walk is able to travel as much, and see as many students as we do.