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Exploring the Mississippi Body Walk

Today we feature guest blogger and Mississippi Body Walk Coordinator, Katie Bouchillon. She has been with Body Walk for over five years criss-crossing the state to bring the message of ‘being smart from the inside out’ to the K-5th graders all across Mississippi.

The Mississippi Body Walk is a larger-than-life walk through exhibit. At each of Body Walk’s ten stations, a volunteer presenter engages the students in a five-minute lesson with a hands-on activity focused on healthy choices.

MS Body Walk Truck

The tour begins when students, in groups of six to eight, walk through a giant ear into the brain. Inside the huge brain dome, students experience “brain waves” and learn about brain function. After they leave the brain, the students are each given a bookmark designating them as a food, such as a tuna, watermelon, or piece of cheese. The “foods” step into the exhibits giant mouth, are “swallowed” through the esophagus tunnel and move into the stomach station. 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, lung, bone, muscle, and skin stations. Students leave the body through a cut in the skin and proceed through The OrganWise Guys’ Pathway for LIfe. This final station recaps key health concepts from each of the nine previous stations.

The students love the tour and often want to go again once they are finished. They love learning from The OrganWise Guys! Now that they know examples of healthy choices, they cannot wait to make those choices themselves. The 2013-2014 Body Walk trip begins this month and is already fully booked for the fall! You can follow the Body Walk adventures at the following links:

msucares.com/bodywalk

mississippibodywalk.wordpress.com

facebook.com/MississippiBodyWalk

 

Clockwise from top right: Mouth station, the new Head station, volunteers practice in the Bone station, Skin station volunteer, volunteer in Mouth station, Body Walk Coordinator, Katie Bouchillon and Hardy Heart in the sun

Clockwise from top right: Mouth station, the new Head station, volunteers practice in the Bone station, Skin station volunteer, volunteer in Mouth station, Body Walk Coordinator, Katie Bouchillon and Hardy Heart in the sun

 

 

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