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Rebecca Smith of University of Missouri Douglas County Extension uses a flip chart to explain a point in the program by the puppet-actor at the Food Power program at Ava Elementary School. The program is performed by Kraig Kensinger of University of Missouri Extension.
Rebecca Smith of University of Missouri Douglas County Extension uses a flip chart to explain a point in the program by the puppet-actor at the Food Power program at Ava Elementary School. The program is performed by Kraig Kensinger of University of Missouri Extension.

MU Extension Brings ‘Food Power Young Adventure’ to Ava Elementary School

Ava Elementary teacher Susan Trowbridge (left) and Rebecca Smith (right), with University of Missouri Douglas County Extension, lead students in a brisk dance exercise during the Food Power program on Sept. 19.

Ava Elementary teacher Susan Trowbridge (left) and Rebecca Smith (right), with University of Missouri Douglas County Extension, lead students in a brisk dance exercise during the Food Power program on Sept. 19.

Students at Ava Elementary School experienced Food Power Young Adventure, a performance that uses puppetry and music to teach the importance of healthy eating, food safety, and physical activity.
The Food Power Young Adventure traveling puppet program, which was held here on Sept. 19, offers three performance options.
Healthily Ever After: Nursery rhyme characters provide a lively learning experience about food, fitness and the importance of hand washing.
Food Power Round Up: Students join farm-themed characters to discover how food is grown, round up information about healthy food choices and get moving to toe-tapping songs.
Healthy You Revue: Witty puppet characters challenge students to make positive food and fitness choices in a variety show format. Students learn about food groups, label reading, portion sizes, digestion and physical activity.
Food Power Young Adventure programs are performed by Kraig Kensinger with University of Missouri Extension. In these performances, Kensinger integrates learning through puppetry and expressive arts.
“Kids do not often get the chance to see a professional puppet show,” said Kensinger. “By attending this program kids can learn about nutrition and the performing arts at the same time.”
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 Young Adventure with partial funding from USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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