East Feliciana elementary students tour human body exhibit _lowres

Photo provided by Jon Loveall -- East Feliciana High School student Jordan Davis teaches Jackson Elementary School students about making healthy choices March 9 during the Louisiana Body Walk.

Students at Jackson and Clinton elementary schools were “digested” through the human body during a health program March 9-10.

More than 600 students toured the Louisiana Body Walk, a traveling exhibit that visits elementary schools throughout Louisiana. Through a hands-on approach, the Body Walk teaches children healthy habits, such as choosing nutritious foods, by showing them how their choices affect their body, said Leanna Cupit, LSU Agricultural Center East Feliciana Parish agent.

The Louisiana Body Walk is one of three components of Smart Bodies, a comprehensive health program that provides nutrition education and promotes physical activity. The Smart Bodies Program is entering its 10th year.

“Body Walk engages students by showing them how to be healthy,” Cupit said. “By being actively involved, students remember the behaviors and encourage others to be healthy as well.”

The Body Walk features an 11-stop tour of the body including the Smart Bodies Cafeteria, brain, mouth, stomach, small intestine, heart, lungs, bones, muscles, skin and pathway for life stations.

“The children love the Body Walk because they learn how to make healthy lifestyle choices in a fun way,” she said. “They learn what foods are good for them and how to be physically active.

“We appreciate the support of our school volunteers and the community organizations that assisted with the exhibit and made the Body Walk and the overall Smart Bodies Program possible.”

The Smart Bodies Program was developed to address increasing national concerns about the lack of physical activity and the declining nutritional status of children. In Louisiana, childhood obesity has doubled in the past 20 years, and almost one in three school-aged children is overweight or obese, according to a news release.

For information on the Smart Bodies Program and the Louisiana Body Walk, call (225) 683-3101 or visit the Smart Bodies website at www.smartbodies.org.