Body Walk traveled to the Mississippi Delta to bring a message of good health and good nutrition. Ann Twiner booked Body Walk for her county. We started at Lockard Elementary with a set up crew of adult volunteers and staff from the school. Everyone did a great job. The next day, our station volunteers were sophomores from Indianola Academy. They worked in pairs in each station and were very enthusiastic . The 500+ K-2nd graders who came through enjoyed learning about the Organwise Guys, and how they could stay ‘smart from the inside out.’ They learned what is a healthy snack (fruit over chips for example), how often they should brush their teeth, what happens to lungs from smoking, and more. Susanne Mason was the contact person for the school. She had worked up the schedule and she made sure the teachers came on time. Everything went very smoothly.
After our time at Lockard, Body Walk traveled to Ruleville to set up at Ruleville Elementary. Here, the setup crew, station presenters, and take down crew were nursing students from Delta State University. Our school contact was Tiffanie Russell, the school nurse. She set the schedule and did a great job of having the teachers come on time so we were able to stay on schedule. The 360 K-5th graders who toured the Body Walk learned how to make good food choices and why exercise is so important to a healthy body.
The Body Walk goal is to reach children at a critical age. The interactive learning of this exhibit empowers them with the knowledge that they do have a choice in what they eat, how they eat, and how much they play/exercise. When children learn early that eating healthy food really does matter, those children will hopefully make good health choices for life. They can “Be Smart from the Inside Out!”
Next stop, Lowndes County.