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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Extension Brings 'Plate of Power' to schools

  • “Plate of Power,” an interactive assembly for elementary-age students, was presented at Newburg Elementary and Col. John B. Wyman Elementary schools in Phelps County on Thursday, Feb. 8.
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  • “Plate of Power,” an interactive assembly for elementary-age students, was presented at Newburg Elementary and Col. John B. Wyman Elementary schools in Phelps County on Thursday, Feb. 8. Preschool through 5th grade students from the two schools participated in the “Plate of Power” which was presented by the University of Missouri Extension, Family Nutrition Education Program.
    The Plate of Power play, is based on the United States Department of Agriculture's “Choose My Plate.” The assembly is a continuation to the nutrition classes offered by Karen Clancy during the 2012-13 school year in Phelps County.
    “Plate of Power” stars Polly Plate and all her friends.
    Wanda Whole Wheat Bread talks about the Grain Group and the importance of “making half your grains whole”; Allie Apple and Betty Broccoli talk about the importance of fruits and vegetables in the body. Betty and Allie remind everyone to “make half of their plates, fruits and vegetables.”
    Bossy Bovine, from the Dairy Group, explains the importance of “choosing fat free and low fat milk and milk products”, for strong bones and teeth.
    Henrietta Hen clucks about the importance of protein; her motto is “go lean with protein.”
    Candy Cola, not considered a “friend” of Polly Plate, teaches the kids the meaning of “moderation.”
    “Extra” foods, such as sodas, candy bars, and other sugary foods, should be eaten in moderation.
    The assembly not only teaches the importance of eating healthy foods; students also learn the importance of exercise.
    Ellie Exercise greets the students as she is dancing and jumping around to remind them to exercise at least 60 minutes every day for good health.
    During the assembly, the kids had a chance to interact with the performers by answering questions, dancing, and exercising.
    Cast members include: Polly Plate, Bonnie Drury, Pulaski County; Wanda Whole Wheat Bread, Dana McGuire, Texas County; Betty Broccoli, Jenny Kirchner, Miller County; Allie Apple, Dawn Hicks, Maries County; Bossy Bovine, Debbie Raaf, Gasconade County; Henrietta Hen, Nena Kimball, Howell County; Candy Cola, Renee Hambelton, Ozark County; Ellie Exercise, Lorette Smith, Texas County; and Sound: Kelly Younger, Shannon County.
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