Students from Newburg elementary school traveled the path from the farmer’s field to the playing field when University of Missouri Extension’s Food Power Adventure came to town March 22. Along the way students learned where their food comes from and how it helps them grow.
Food Power Adventure gives elementary students an inside look at how the body turns food into energy.
Students start at the pizza farm to learn where farmers grow ingredients like 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.
“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 Ron Reagan, Newburg Elementary Principal.
MU Extension’s Family Nutrition Education Program’s two educators for Phelps County are Jessica Gargus and Karen Clancy.
In addition to being a fun way for kids to learn about nutrition, the school is 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.
The volunteers were students from The Health Science Academy, Rolla Technical Center with Lynne Bergman, CMA-AC as their director.