Friday, May 10, 2013

MU Extension Takes “Food Power Adventure” to Bradleyville Elementary

Contact: Barbara Beck, nutrition program associate
Tel: (417) 546-4431

Students from Bradleyville 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 April 18.

“In the process of having fun, students learned where food comes from and how it gives them energy and helps them grow,” said Barb Beck, a Taney County nutrition program associate with MU Extension’s Family Nutrition Education Program.

Food Power Adventure is a popular traveling exhibit that gives elementary students an inside look at how the body turns food into energy.

Students make nine stops in their adventure and get an inside look at how food turns into energy. Students start at the pizza farm, then they put labels on milk cartons in the food packaging area and pick up food tags in the cafeteria station. Then, they are on their way through the digestive system so they can change their food into power and try it out in the muscle and bones stations.

Food Power adds unique activities to the nutrition lessons already being presented in many schools by classroom teachers and University of Missouri Extension nutrition educators.

“Food Power Adventure is the kind of active learning experience students need to help them see how the food they choose gives them energy they need to play and grow,” said Beck. “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.”

Food Power is a program being offered by University of Missouri Extension in cooperation with the Department of Nutritional Sciences, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri - Columbia. It adds activity-based experiences to the University of Missouri Family Nutrition Education programs which are funded in part by USDA's Food Stamp Program.

A video showing Food Power Adventure at a 2011 stop at Billings Elementary can be found online at

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