Body Venture is a unique educational program designed to involve 5th grade students in learning the skills and choices for a healthy lifestyle. At each of the BODY VENTURE’s eleven stations, a Pilot volunteer presents information using a written script and engages the students in a five-minute activity focused on healthy food choices & being pysically active. Body Venture is about learning to EAT SMART, PLAY HARD. Follow the studen’t journey through the body in pictures and scripts about each station.
Students enter the main body structure through the mouth and sit on stools shaped like teeth. Ros Neeland discussesssss the importance of eating foods with calcium to build strong teeth. Ros helps a student floss the teeth the correct way. “Mr. Gross Mouth” is a hands-on prop that emphasis the importance of avoiding tobacco products and drugs.
Sharon Mauler shows the students the lungs of a smoker. PLAYING HARD is an important concept learned in the lungs Physical activity, PLAYING HARD, is good for the lungs just like it is good for the heart. Students participate in an activity to learn what breathing is like if you have emphysema or asthma.
Mary Aldrich teaches the students the importance of having three servings from the MyPlate milk group everyday. Our bones are called the skeleton and our bodies have 206 bones. Some of the bones are long, short, round, flat, big or little. About 100 of our bones are in our hands and feet. Kids are shown a real wild pig bone which resembles a human bone, but are much smaller.
Nancy Schuetz is getting ready to set up her station on the muscles. A replica of one pound of fat and muscle is shown. Muscle is much more compact than fat making it healthier in the body. To provide fuel when kids are PLAYING HARD, muscles need carbohydrates from grain, vegetable and fruit groups. To keep muscles strong, students learn they need protein from the meat, bean and milk groups. The students participate in a stretching activity to emphasize the importance of stretching their muscles.
Barbara Watson teaches the importance of taking good care of your skin on the inside and outside. The skin is a protective covering for all the other body parts. It is important to take care of any injury to the skin. Clean cuts with soap ad water and keep the cut covered. In this station, “pretend germs” are placed on a child’s hand and everyone can see them under a black light. The child then shakes hands with another child. Then everyone looks at both hands of both children under the black light to learn how easily germs are spread. Students leave the body through a cut in the skin and proceed through the Panther Power Pathway to Life.
In the Pathway to Life, Daniel Watson reviews all the important concepts learned in all the other stations. The Pathway has many graphics of Power Panther engaged in various activities.