The end of the third week of February, Body Walk was in Fulton MS, at the Itawamba Attendance Center. Here we saw third and fourth grade students from five schools: Itawamba Attendance Center, Dorsey, Mantachie, Fairview, and Tremont. Ramona Edge, Marie Rogers, and Amy Riley made sure everything was planned out and ran smoothly.
On Friday, nursing students from ICC’s RN and LPN programs came to help. They volunteered to be presenters, entertainers, and walkers. They also helped with the take down of the exhibit. They were wonderful help and all of them did a fantastic job.
Students must take off their shoes to tour the Body Walk. This is to ensure the longevity of the floors of the exhibit. Each county has a different way to store the shoes until they put them back on. In Itawamba, Marie taped off sections of the floor. One box per class. This was a great solution.
While many classes have 20+ students, only one group of 6-10 students enter at a time. Those students waiting for their turn to enter need an activity to occupy them. In some counties this is coloring, or watching an Organ Wise Guys DVD, or reading a book. Here, it was dancing. The activity keep the children entertained and demonstrated Body Walk’s lesson of get plenty of activity every day.
There are nine stations the children see as they travel through the body. In the heart station, they learn how big their heart is, and how much fat certain foods contain.
In the bones, children learn that bones are the framework for the body. Also, you have to eat the right foods to build the framework, the right foods builds your body in the most healthy way possible.
One thing children learn in the muscle room is how many muscles are in the human body. Strong muscles are needed for running, swimming, and riding a bike.
When the children finish the nine stations, there is a review in the pathway of life. Here they get a chance to think about everything they just learned. Sometimes, the adults like to review what they have learned as well.
Overall, Body Walk had a great experience in Itawamba county.