Students at both Oak Hill Elementary and Morehouse Magnet School enjoyed a tour through the Louisiana Body Walk on April 24 and 25.
According to the LSU AgCenter, students began the exhibit by entering a smart bodies lunch room where each child magically became a piece of food. Throughout the remainder of the exhibit, they moved through 11 different stations representing the different parts of the body.
Students learned about brain waves, the teeth and oral health, the stomach, digestion and how the heart, lungs, bones, muscles and skin are affected by different food choices. After leaving the body through a cut in the skin, the students stopped at a pathway for life station to review health concepts and received an activity book to take back to class.
According to Lauren Edwards, the LSU AgCenter agent for Morehouse Parish, the Louisiana Body Walk is one component of Smart Bodies, an innovative program sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation that teaches the importance of good nutrition and physical fitness.
“The Body Walk provides a unique and exciting opportunity for Louisiana elementary students to learn about their bodies and the importance of making healthy choices,” Edwards said.
The students at Oak Hill enjoyed their walk through the exhibit. Members of Ariel Evans' Pre-K class learned they should always clean their hands and never smoke.
“I think it was really good and very interactive.” Evans said, “I liked that they got to do more up close and personal hands-on things, so the lessons will stick with them longer.”
For more information on the Smart Bodies Program, contact Lauren Edwards at the Morehouse Parish Extension Office at 281.5741, or visit www.smartbodies.org.