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Mississippi Body Walk

On January 19, 2006, the Mississippi State University Extension Service held a Kick-off Event to introduce the freshly created “Mississippi Body Walk.” The Mississippi Body Walk is a new and unique health education program designed to educate elementary school students across the state of Mississippi on the importance of being physically active and making good nutrition choices. The program provides education and activities that enable youth to learn skills needed in making good nutrition choices and developing a healthy lifestyle.

The Body Walk was created to address good nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices to students in grade levels K-5. Statistics show that among American kids, less than 15% of schooled children eat the recommended servings of fruit, less than 20% eat the recommended servings of vegetables, about 25% eat the recommended servings of grains, only 30% consume the recommended milk group servings, and about two-thirds eat more fat than is recommended. 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. Teachers need additional resources to increase nutrition knowledge and improve eating skills of elementary school students. Body Walk can help meet these needs.

The Body Walk consists of a 40-foot by 40-foot walk-through exhibit representing the human body, classroom activities for use prior to and following the students’ walk through the exhibit, a take-home activity book, and many more educational resources for students to read with their families.

Body Walk was developed by Kansas State Department of Education Nutrition Services. The MSU Body Walk program is a part of the Mississippi State University Extension Service and was created with the assistance of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. This program received its funding through the Mississippi State University Extension Service, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, the Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi, the Attorney General’s Office for the State of Mississippi, Mississippi Rural Health Corps, and the Mississippi 4-H program.


If your organization is interested in learning more about the Mississippi Body Walk, please visit http://msucares.com/bodywalk/index.html.



























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