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Students to Participate in Body Venture

Body VentureAn innovative new way to learn about the importance of good nutrition and physical fitness is coming to Bickerdyke Elementary School.

On March 6, the Body Venture exhibit will visit the school. Students from both Bickerdyke and Simpson will have the opportunity to explore the human body with Power Panther, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service mascot as their guide.

The tour begins when students, in groups of eight to 10, enter the school lunchroom station and become a food such as a carrot, low-fat milk or a piece of chicken. In the second station, they walk through a giant ear into the brain. Inside the huge brain dome, students experience "brain waves" and learn about brain function. The "foods" step into the exhibit's larger-than-life mouth, are "swallowed" through the esophagus tunnel and move into the stomach dome. From the stomach, the students travel through the small intestine where they are "absorbed" into the blood. Then they follow the path of the nutrients to the heart, lungs, bones, muscles and skin stations.

Students leave the body through a cut in the skin and proceed through Power Panther's Pathway to Life. This final station recaps key health concepts from each of the 10 previous stations. Throughout the exhibit, students will learn how to apply Power Panther's slogan: Eat Smart, Play Hard. At each of the Body Venture's 11 stations, a volunteer presenter engages the students in a five-minute activity focused on healthy choices.

The traveling Body Venture exhibit was developed and is operated by Child Nutrition and Wellness, Kansas Department of Education. Cheryl Johnson, Director of Child Nutrition and Wellness said, "Body Venture provides a unique and exciting opportunity for Kansas elementary students to learn about their bodies and the importance of making healthy choices." According to Kathy Thompson, Body Venture Coordinator, the exhibit was developed to address increasing national concerns about the lack of physical activity and declining nutritional status of young children.

This exhibit is sponsored by Simpson/Bickerdyke PTO. For more information about Body Venture, email Simpson/Bickerdyke PTO at [email protected]

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