Elementary students experience Body Walk

Elementary students experience Body Walk By Amanda McBride
TheChoctaw Plaindealer

A walk through the major parts of the human body is an educational experience for kindergartners to 5th graders.
Elementary students from Ackerman, French Camp and Weir schools took the ‘Body Walk’ February 29-March 1, which is sponsored by MSU Extension Service.
The Body Walk is a 40 foot by 40 foot walk through exhibit where students learn the importance of making healthy choices and being physically active. Throughout the walk students spent five minutes at stations learning how to make healthy choices from volunteer presenters.
The stations include: brain, mouth, stomach, small intestine, heart, lung, bone, muscle, skin and pathway for life.
Each station also had activities that taught students skills needed in making good nutrition choices and developing a healthy lifestyle.
“We greatly appreciate all of our volunteers who helped as station presenters, as well as helping us set up and take down the exhibit,” said Juli Hughes, County Director, Mississippi State University Extension Service – Choctaw County.
Some of the volunteers were Shirlianne Stirewalt and her Allied Health students assisting as station presenters all three days and Ellen Turnipseed and Weir High School health students helping on Thursday. 
“We  would also like to thank (AES) Principal Glen Blaine and for allowing the Extension Service to set up the Body Walk at Ackerman Elementary School and Principals Anthony McGee (Weir) and Stacy Johnson (French Camp) for bringing their students to Ackerman,” said Hughes.
Verna Fleming, Projector Director with the Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition, also set up a display to show students the effects smoking has on the lungs.
Information about the Body Walk was used from http://msucares.com/bodywalk.
To learn more about the Body Walk visit the website.