Mississippi BodyWalk Blog

being smart from the inside out

Body Walk, Union County, New Albany June 11, 2013

Our next stop in March was to Union county, New Albany. Here we saw third graders from five different schools. Gina Wills booked Body Walk for her county. It is always nice to work with her, Beverly Brooks and Karen Caviness, all Extension agents. We saw about 390 students over one day. Our station presenters were high schools students, Allied Health and honor students.

They gym at New Albany Elem is very spacious. There was enough room for the kids to tour, exercise after the tour, and enjoy two other exhibits. There was an anti-smoking table from the tobacco coalition, and a nutrition table from the Family Nutrition Program.

Healthy food to put on a plate.

Healthy food to put on a plate.

 

DON'T SMOKE!

DON’T SMOKE!

The high school students did a great job. They were full of energy.

 

We are here to tell you about your heart!

We are here to tell you about your heart!

 

Come learn about how awesome your small intestines are!

Come learn about how awesome your small intestines are!

 

We want To Pump, You UP!

We want
To Pump,
You UP!

 

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How fast can you make it to the end? Get that heart going.

Everyone had a great time, and the presenters did a wonderful job. Teamwork gets the job done.

Student volunteers at Body Walk in New Albany.

Student volunteers at Body Walk in New Albany.

 

 

 

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Body Walk, Greene County, Leakesville

First stop in March was to Leakesville Elementary. I had been here before, a couple of years ago. It was nice to see a few familiar faces. Mitchell Newman booked Body Walk for his county.

Lovely sign on a lovely day.

Lovely sign on a lovely day.

Just over 450 elementary students learned how to ‘be smart from the inside out’ in the Body Walk. They were taught by great Allied health students from the local high school. They kids loved learning how to keep nine different parts of their body healthy. They loved sitting on the teeth stools and brushing those stools with a giant tooth brush.

Mouth entrance, the stools are ready to be sat on, brushed and flossed.

Mouth entrance, the stools are ready to be sat on, brushed and flossed.

 

They really enjoyed dancing the ‘churn’ dance in the stomach. Food is churned in our bodies which is part of digestion. They had to be ‘digested’ so they could travel on through the body and slip into the blood stream, which they did after finishing the small intestine room. They flowed to the heart where they learned how to keep their hearts healthy and strong.

 

Hardy Heart with his vegetable friends. Hardy Hearty knows how to stay strong.

Hardy Heart with his vegetable friends. Hardy Hearty knows how to stay strong.

 

After that, they stopped at the bone station, the muscle station and the skin station. When their tour was done, they had plenty of information on how to be healthy and grow up tall and strong.

Cutest mailbox ever!

Cutest mailbox ever!

 

 

 

Body Walk in Stone County

In late February, Body Walk traveled to Stone County. Here, Brad Jones booked the exhibit for his county. We saw kids at two locations,  Stone Elementary School and Perkinson Elementary. We saw K-5th at both locations. This was a long trip, taking most of the week to see over 1100 kids. We had great help at both locations. Brad had plenty of volunteers lined up at both locations so the set-ups and take downs went very smoothly.

Some of our volunteers were nursing students. The elementary kids loved learning about their body and how to keep it healthy. They enjoyed the lively and high energy delivery from the station presenters.  The volunteers told them a great breakfast makes for a great day. To much sugar can lead to tooth decay. Stomachs are happiest when fed nutritious food in the proper portions. Intestines and kidneys love water. Hearts work hard so should you. Lungs want CLEAN air, no smoking! Bones and muscles work well together. Lastly, skin works best when clean, so wash your hands!

There was more to each message of course. The presenters had five minutes with each group to teach the lessons of the Body Walk.

Great volunteers make for a great experience.

Great volunteers

Great volunteers

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Enthusiastic volunteers

 

MOCHA Meeting June 7, 2013

Hello Health Enthusiasts!

Brush Twice a Day

Brush Twice a Day

The second stop in the Body Walk exhibit is the Mouth Station. This room teaches students how and why to brush their teeth. Oral health is critical to overall health. The Body Walk teaches children to ‘be smart from the inside out,” and the teeth are certainly part of the ‘insides’ they need to be smart about!

Today I attended my local MOHCA meeting. The Mississippi Oral Health Community Alliance works to improve oral health for all Mississippians. This was the second meeting I have been to and I always learn something. This month, the focus was on recruiting a facilitator and two of the attendees agreed to share the role.  I learned about services available for MS children that are freely available, specifically sealants and fluoride varnishing the teeth. These treatments help children keep healthy teeth longer.

Happy Clean Tooth

Happy Clean Tooth

The main focus of the meeting was to come up with ideas to get the messages of oral care out to the public. We discussed how to get the information to parents, to children, and to young adults. We talked about how important proper dental care is, at home and through regular dentist visits. Oral hygiene helps to not just keep healthy teeth, but is important for overall health.  Some ideas were. give out flyers at food banks, talk to parents at schools open house night, ask schools to include links to MOHCA on their websites, encourage dentists to set up a booth at local summer festivals, attend health fairs, and even host an oral health fair where the entire focus would be how to take care of your teeth. I would love to see that last one in action. 🙂

This tooth loves to be brushed.

This tooth loves to be brushed.

It was an interesting and informative meeting and I really enjoyed getting to see some familiar faces and meet new people. It is wonderful to learn more about how one of the lessons of Body Walk plays out in the greater community. One goal of Body Walk is to lay the foundation of healthy habits that will follow children into adulthood. It is great to meet with so many other like-minded professionals.

Here are a few resources for you.

One of many apps to help you take care of teeth.

One of many apps* to help you take care of teeth.

*This app is not free, and is just one example of many options. This is not an endorsement or recommendation of this specific application.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find a Dentist in your community.

Information about Fluoride.

Happy Brushing!