Mississippi BodyWalk Blog

being smart from the inside out

Changes: Endings and Beginnings May 13, 2015

Hello Body Walkers,

Thank you. Thank you for reading this little blog, and for supporting Body Walk all these years. Body Walk has traveled the roads of MS since 2005. I joined the program in 2008, and in 2009, I started recording our travels for you here.

Body Walk is a unique program. There is only one exhibit like this in the state. A few other states have a Body Walk exhibit of their own, but even nationwide, it is a rare program. It has been a jewel of nutrition education and positive publicity for MSU, and for MSU-Extension. Over the years, we have seen children in every county. There are young people now who are finishing up high school or beginning their college careers who fondly remember when Body Walk came to their school.

All things run their course, and Body Walk has come to the end of its traveling days. The truck, a trooper for these past 10 years, has finally had the engine give out. Since the truck will not be replaced, the exhibit is in permanent storage. Below are some pictures from this last year. The blog will remain online so anyone can scroll through the past posts and see where it traveled and just a fraction of who participated across the state to make this program such a success for so long.

Be Smart from the Inside Out

Have I ever shown you the exhibit from the back, looking down on it? This is what it looks like.

Have I ever shown you the exhibit from the back, looking down on it? This is what it looks like.

First stop in the pathway of life. This is the review at the end.

First stop in the pathway of life. This is the review at the end.

Rest of the Pathway of Life

Rest of the Pathway of Life





It was a COLD, sunny day.

It was a COLD, sunny day.

Working with the MS Tobacco Free Coalition

Working with the MS Tobacco Free Coalition

Bye Kids.
MS Body Walk 2005-2015


Body Walk in Vicksburg MS November 20, 2012

Happy Early Thanksgiving!

Body Walk most recently traveled to Beechwood Elementary. We had adult volunteers that helped with the set up and take down. This worked out great and the exhibit went up and came down smoothly, and in record time. Kindergarten through 5th grade toured the Body Walk, learning how to ‘be smart from the inside out.” They had a great time traveling from station to station. They loved the plasma ball in the brain. One little girl asked me, “Is that a crystal ball?” She was only slightly disappointed to learn it was not. The children learned about why it is important to be healthy, and how they can make healthy choices. The presenters not only told them why too much sugar is bad, they showed how much sugar is in common foods, and what all that sugar can do to teeth. They not only taught that vegetables are important, but showed models of healthy vegetables so the kids could recognize them when they encountered them later.  They didn’t just say, exercise works your heart, they had the kids jump up and down, then feel their pulse.

Plasma ball. Nothing crystal or fortune-telling about it.

At Beechwood, all the kids were all ready there on site, and they gym was connected to all the classrooms by halls. This was great because kids have to remove their shoes before they go inside the exhibit. The kids could remove their shoes in the classroom. The benefits were very noticeable. The students had a much shorter wait time before it was their turn. Also, the noise level was low. A low noise level means the kids inside the exhibit can really hear and focus on what they are learning. Overall, it was just a great day.

Not seen on this trip. The kids got to leave their shoes in their room.

Allied Health students were our volunteers this time. They did a good job presenting the material. They were enthusiastic and animated as they told the children why teeth brushing is so important. They stressed the need for strong bones and muscles, as well as healthy lungs unpolluted with cigarette smoke. Their teacher, Marian Banks, kept them on task and focused.

Allied Health Students taught in the Body Walk.

Marcus Davis booked BW for his county. Also on hand from Extension were Brenda Parks and Wesley Purvis. After the set-up, the adults wanted a quick tour. I took them through the exhibit, explaining what the students would be learning. I explained some of the props and activities. They enjoyed hearing about all the different rooms. None of them knew the average length of human intestines, so I think it’s safe to say they learned one new thing on the super fast tour.

Next up, Newton MS.


Body Walk in Alcorn County, Cornith September 14, 2011

September is a full month for Body Walk. My trip to Cornith MS was the first time Body Walk had been to Alcorn county. I worked the most with Tammy Parker, 4-H and Marea Wilson, Extension Nutrition Educator. They did a great job securing volunteers, and organizing everything. The secured donations from CocaCola for water and from the Magnolia Regional Health Center for healthy snacks. We set up at the Extension office and the children from 5 different schools came to us. We saw 1st, 2nd, and 5th graders from Kossuth, Alcorn Central, Biggersville, Glendale, and Rienz.

When the children arrived, they got to sit in a room separate from the exhibit which was great from a noise level standpoint. The children watched OrganWise Guys DVD’s while they waited for their group’s turn to begin. While in there, they took off their shoes and put them in a plastic tote that was already labeled with their teacher’s name. After that, they came out one group at a time to the waiting area. They then toured the exhibit. When they finished, they got to go to the Fitness Area, and dance for a few minutes. After the dance, they had a healthy snack. Then it was shoe time and off they went, full of new information about how to be healthy.

Pictures of a few things I LOVED.

Organized shoe containment

A waiting area for the group about to start the Body Walk.

Sign for the Fitness Station where students danced.

A healthy snack of water, fruit, and granola bar.

The waiting area was awesome. The chairs were set up near the brain. I could talk to each group of kids before they started. I explained the rules of behavior for Body Walk, and answered any questions. They had a designated place to sit, and they knew it was just a few short minutes before it was their turn to begin.

The volunteers for set up, station presenters, and take down were high school students from the Alcorn Career and Tech Center. They did a very good job. The set up and take down crew were good listeners and they worked together as a team. The station presenters had a LOT of enthusiasm. They really got into engaging the children in the material. They wore costumes and asked the kids lots of questions. They had fun and thus, the children had fun.

Fantastic student volunteers from the Alcorn Career and Tech Center

One of the best parts of Body Walk is interacting with the young children who see the exhibit. Sometimes they have really interesting questions. For example, “Are we going to have to drink something so our bodies will show up on an X-Ray?” “Are we going to get a shot?” The answer to both of these was a firm ‘no’. The relieved sighs could be heard across the room.

They year is off to a splendid start.

Next up, Warren County.