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An innovative way to learn about the importance of good nutrition and physical fitness is coming to students at Florence Wilson Elementary School on Wednesday. Students will have the opportunity to explore the human body through the Body Venture exhibit.

An innovative way to learn about the importance of good nutrition and physical fitness is coming to students at Florence Wilson Elementary School on Wednesday. Students will have the opportunity to explore the human body through the Body Venture exhibit.

Students, in groups of eight to 10, get to be a food, such as a carrot, low-fat milk or a piece of chicken. The "foods" step into the exhibit's larger-than-life mouth, are "swallowed" through the esophagus tunnel and move into the stomach dome. From there, students travel through the small intestine where they are "absorbed" into the blood. Then they follow the path of the nutrients to the heart, lungs, bones, muscles and skin stations.

Throughout the exhibit, students learn how to apply Power Panther's slogan, eat smart, play hard. At each of Body Venture's 11 stations, a volunteer presenter will engage students in a five-minute activity focused on healthy choices.

The traveling Body Venture exhibit was developed and is operated by Child Nutrition and Wellness, Kansas State Department of Education.

For more information on Body Venture, contact Jill Mayfield, school nurse at Florence Wilson Elementary School at 805-7407.

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