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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Food Power: Program reinforces health choices, behaviors

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  • Students from Dewey, Field and Central, and Bishop Hogan schools in Chillicothe, as well as Tri-County R-7 in Jamesport, Laredo R-7, Southwest R-1 of Ludlow, and Livingston County R-3 of Chula, are traveling the path from the farmer's field to the playing field while the University of Missouri Extension's Food Power Adventure is in town this week.
    Along the way, students learned answers to the questions, "Where does food come from?" and "How does it give me energy to help me grow?"
    Hy-Vee, of Chillicothe, sponsored the event by covering the setup fee for the participating schools.
    Food Power Adventure, a popular traveling exhibit, gives elementary students an inside look at how the body turns food into energy.
    Students start at the pizza farm to learn where armers grow ingredients such as wheat and tomatoes. At the food packaging and labeling area, students inspect labels on milk cartons for nutrition facts. After a stop at the cafeteria to select healthy foods, students make their way into the digestive system so they can change their food into the power they test at the muscles and bones stations.
    Students in kindergarten through fifth grade participated.
    "Food Power Adventure is the kind of active learning experience students need to help them see how the food they choose gives them the energy they need to play and grow," said Tracy Minnis, nutrition program associate with the University of Missouri Extension. "In addition to being a fun way for kids to learn about nutrition, the schools are also meeting its wellness policy goals and state education standards."
    The MU Department of Nutritional Sciences created Food Power Adventure with partial funding from USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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