Barbe Elementary students walk through the human body

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Students at Barbe Elementary School took an educational tour through a human body exhibit sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation and the LSU AgCenter.

Students walked through 11 different stations that taught about different parts of the body including the brain, the mouth, the stomach, and other intestines.

At each station high school students from Washington Marion taught the children how their body works and what they can do to stay healthy.

"Our main goal is to teach the kids the importance of eating healthy and exercising to fight childhood obesity," said Albarado.

According to the Department of Health and Hospitals 11-15 percent of children are either overweight or obese in the U.S.

Officials with LSU Ag Center said it's a rate they are hoping to slow down through school workshops like the Louisiana Body Walk Exhibit.

"Nutrition goes hand in hand with lower academic scores, the better the nutrition the healthier the child, the better the scores will be also," said Albarado.

The Louisiana Body Walk is just one component of a $1.8 million grant which includes 12 weeks worth of educational material on nutrition and exercising.

"The information is so visual and it's such a fun learning experience that it really sticks with them," said Albarado. "It really does change their eating habits and their behaviors."

Officials with the LSU Ag Center said students who walk through the body tour are more willing to eat fruits and are twice as active in physical education.

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