|Body Walk, a
treat for children
By SUE WATSON
Approximately 500 school children from Marshall and Benton counties learned about their bodies, hygiene, nutrition and exercise last week in Marshall Countys first Body Walk, held at the Eddie Lee Smith Multi-Purpose Building in Holly Springs.
What was unique about the program is children had fun, learned, exercised, and were taught about their bodies by Allied Health students with the Holly Springs School District.
The program was made interesting with the use of attractive tents and covered mazes where children sat in small groups to hear about the brain, teeth and oral hygiene, the bones and more. Directed exercises took place on the gym floor.
Program materials provided a guided tour of parts featuring the body with The Organ Wise Guys presenting Taking a Trip Through You.
Hardy Heart and the gang were there. And stations were set up to learn about the brain, mouth, stomach, small intestine, heart, lung, bone, muscle, skin and pathway of life. With groups of six to eight students starting an exhibit every five minutes, the entire body walk experience is completed in about an hour.
Community volunteers helping out with the program included Deles Farley, Lisa Liddy, Judy Smith, Sharon White and students from Rust College.
Fourth and fifth grade students from seven schools participated in the Body Walk experience.
Mississippi Body Walk Partners include Mississippi State Extension Service, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, Mississippi Rural Health Corps, the Attorney Generals office, 4-H, and The Partnership for a Healthier Mississippi.
The use of the Multi-Purpose Building for the two-day program was provided free by the City of Holly Springs.
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