Elementary students took a journey from the farm to the table and through the human body in order to learn where food comes from and how it gives them energy for the day. Missouri Extension's Food Power Adventure came to Dogwood Elementary in Camdenton on Jan. 16 and 17.
The exhibit answers students questions such as "Where does food come from?" and "How does it give me energy to grow?"
This popular, traveling exhibit gives elementary students an inside look at exactly how the body turns food into energy. Students start out at the pizza farm to find out how farmers grow ingredients like wheat and tomatoes. Next, students visit the food packaging section to inspect labels on milk cartons. After a stop at the cafeteria booth, students prepare to take a journey through the digestive system to change their food into power and learn about their muscles and bones.
"Food Power Adventure is the kind of active learning experience students need to help them see how the food they choose gives them the energy they need to play and grow," said Amy Bartles with MU Extension's Family Nutrition Education Program. "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."
The MU Department of Nutritional Sciences created Food Power Adventure with partial funding from USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.