"Body Venture" is an exciting educational exhibit for students in grades K-5 and is sponsored by the Child Nutrition & Wellness folks at the Kansas State Dept. of Education. "Body Venture" is about learning to EAT SMART. PLAY HARD.
It's a great opportunity for students to learn about the importance of making healthy food choices and being physically active. It's an exciting tour of the human body featuring engaging, experiential educational activities.
Body Venture consists of:
- A 45-foot by 50-foot Venture-through exhibit representing the human body,
- Classroom activities for use prior to and following the students’ trip through the exhibit,
- A take-home activity book for each student to share with their families,
- An extensive list of additional health education resources, and
- Information to help publicize the event and communicate with the media.
Why was Body Venture developed?
Because our children are flunking eating...
A critical need to address good nutrition, physical activity, and other healthy lifestyle choices exists because among American kids:
One in three children are now overweight or obese.
Life expectancy of this generation's children may be less than that of their parents.
- Children are undernourished but overfed with foods high in sugar and fats.
- Quality and quantity of daily activity has declined.
Lifestyle choices made at early ages have a direct impact on adult health. Students need to learn about healthy lifestyle choices and to avoid behaviors that have an adverse impact on adult health. Healthy eating and physical activity are important life skills that help children grow and prevent them from developing health problems, such as obesity, later in life. Obesity in youth often carries over into adulthood contributing to the development of many chronic diseases including heart disease and diabetes. Teachers need additional resources to increase nutrition knowledge and improve eating skills of elementary school students. Body Venture can help meet these needs.
Students from all of USD 353 elementary schools attended the exhibit at Lincoln on Thursday and Friday. Volunteers from the schools or community are used to help with the exhibit. In the pics below, Leadership students from WHS were on hand for that reason.