Pascagoula students walk through body organs

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - By Trang Pham-Bui – bio | email

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) – The mouth is so big, the teeth serve as chairs. And the head is so huge, it can hold about a dozen people. The Body Walk exhibit is so large, it gives children the experience of being inside the human body.

"It's really bringing it to where they can get in at their level and see how each part of the body works. They just think about their body as a whole and not break it down in each part and this exhibit allows them to do it," said Evelyn DeAngelo, a Jackson County 4-H Agent.

"We're going to talk about our guts today," a volunteer told a group of children.

"Eww!" they shouted.

The traveling exhibit came to the Family Interactive Center in Pascagoula this week. There are 12 stations in all and each is designed to represent a body organ.  At each stop, the students learn about the role of that particular organ and why they should take care of their bodies.

"Is soda good for you?" a volunteer asked.

"No!" the children responded.

"I thought it was disgusting. It had a brain.  It was so nasty," said second grader Trevor Barron after looking at a life-like brain.

The lessons also touch on serious topics like obesity, lung disease, cholesterol and tooth decay.

"The lady showed us your teeth and don't want to be so gross, and it was very gross and dirty. You have to brush them in the morning when you get up," said second grader Yaideliz Martinez.

More than 1,200 first and second graders in the Pascagoula School District will get to go through the Body Walk.

"I really hope they start learning to take responsibility for their own health, watch what they eat, spend time exercising," said DeAngelo.  "It'll give them an opportunity to learn more about their growth and healthy development."

The Body Walk will be at the Family Interactive Center on Skip Avenue through Friday. It's sponsored by the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Jackson County 4-H.

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