Faculty and staff of Seventh Ward Elementary School in Denham Springs became a partner in health with the LSU Agricultural Center and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation on Oct. 13 by participating in OrganWise Guys School Assemblies to kick off the Smart Bodies Program.
Smart Bodies is a 12-week wellness program designed for kindergarten through fifth grade that integrates nutrition and physical activity into core curriculum academics to prevent children from becoming overweight or obese, a news release said.
The assemblies were conducted by LSU AgCenter agent Layne Langley, and the three components include the Body Walk, OrganWise Guys and 2 Step in the Classroom.
Students were introduced to the OrganWise Guys and learned the four healthy habits for OrganWise kids: Make low-fat food choices, eat a high-fiber diet, drink lots of water and exercise regularly.
The OrganWise Guys — Calci. M. Bone, Sir Rebrum, Hardy Heart, Madame Muscle, Windy the Lungs, Luigi Liver, the Kidney Brothers, Peter Pancreas, Pepto the Stomach and Peri Stolic — are characters that help children understand healthy behaviors through books, games, dolls and videos. The characters reside in large dolls called Organ Annie and Organ Andy. The physical education teachers will use various kits to teach the students about making healthy choices and adding exercise to their day, the release said.
The 2 Step in the Classroom combines academics, nutrition, physical activity and fun as Red Bean and the Rice Twins guide youth through the activities.
The Body Walk, a 35-foot by 45-foot interactive walk-through exhibit that represents the human body, will visit the school on Feb. 2.