Diane M. Martin, Judd, Cathy S.
Students and teachers at Southside Elementary school participated in the LSU AgCenter Smart Bodies program. The Smart Bodies program is made up of three components: Wisercise, Organ Wise Guys, and the Body Walk.
Teachers engaged their students in the Wisercise program three days a week. The Wisercise curriculum is a classroom based grade-specific educational tool that encourages short bouts of physical activity integrated with academic lessons. Students also learned how their organs function through fun characters- the Organ Wise Guys. The Organ Wise Guys helped the young children understand physiology and healthy behaviors through books, games, dolls, and informational videos.
The Body Walk Exhibit is a 35 by 45 foot walk-through exhibit representing the human body, targeting kindergarten through 5th grade youth. Students explored the brain, mouth, stomach, small intestines, heart, lungs, bones, muscles, and skin, stopping at each learning station to participate in activities focused on the effects that different foods have on each organ.
Students from Jonesboro-Hodge High School taught the Southside students in the eleven educational stations.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture