University of Missouri "Food Power" at Ezard Elementary in Conway Missouri

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Food Power in Conway MO. Debbie DiFonzo volunteer. Food PowerToday, Teresa Bell, a Nutrition Program Associate with the University of Missouri Extension, brought FOOD POWER to Ezard Elementary in Conway Missouri.

is a elementary grade level program designed to teach students the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.

Using an interactive exhibit, the students used Pizza to learn how food comes from a Missouri farm, into their body, to ultimately give them the energy to grow and play.

Farmer Tammy
Farmer Tammy started the groups on their 45 minute journey talking about the "parts" of a pizza.

What is the base?
Dough - and what is that made of? Flour, which comes from Missouri wheat. What's next? Sauce, made from Missouri grown tomatoes. What must go on our pizza next? Of course, cheese, made from the milk of Missouri dairy cows. Toppings? Ground meat from Missouri beef; sausage from Missouri pigs. Missouri Wheat

Dairy Cows produce MILKThe groups continued on to talk about how milk and cheese start with the cow and end up in our tummy's.

Next, on to hand washing (my favorite station!) The kids talked about invisible germs and used a blue light to see "their germs."
Mr Germ

On through the mouth, stomach and small intestine.

Before finishing their journey, the students talked about the importance of exercise and healthy bones.
Them Bones

The day was deemed a success, with over 400 students learning and experiencing FOOD POWER. We decided the only thing that could have made it better: samples of  yummy Missouri pizza!

6th grade

** Food Power is a program offered by University of Missouri Extension in cooperation with the Department of Nutritional Sciences, College of Human Environmental Sciences. It adds unique activity-based experiences to the University of Missouri Family Nutrition Education Programs funded in part by USDA's SNAP.

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Maria Morton
Platinum Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Debbie, this sounds like a wonderful program! What child would not just love to learn using pizza and blacklights as the teaching tools and props? Thanks for covering this event for us.

Nov 13, 2008 03:24 PM #1
Dona Reynolds
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Stein Summers - Saint Joseph, MO
St. Joseph MO

Debbie, what a great program this is for kids.  I am going to check into it. Thanks for posting this event.


Nov 13, 2008 03:33 PM #2
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes


This sounds like a fun program, are they going to be bringing it to other schools across the state?

Nov 13, 2008 09:46 PM #3
Debbie DiFonzo
Debbie DiFonzo - United Country VIP Realty, SW Missouri - Lebanon, MO
Lebanon MO and Buffalo Missouri Real Estate

Maria- You are right - everyone LOVES pizza! The creator of this program was genius to use such a familiar and family friendly food.

Dona- Please contact your local Extension Council. They should have the program available; not sure how far out they are booked. Line up lots of volunteers and then ENJOY!

Don- This week alone, the FOOD POWER program was in St. Louis, Camdenton and Conway MO. I think it is up to the local Extension Council to book the program.

Nov 14, 2008 05:13 AM #4
Cheryl Willis
RE/MAX Solutions- OZARK MISSOURI - Mount Vernon, MO
MO Broker - Mt Vernon, Monett, Aurora, Barry & Law

It is fun to see what the kiddos are learning and experiencing.  Bet you had a good time too.  be good  cheyl

Nov 14, 2008 08:43 AM #5
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Debbie, I think that's a wonderful program...they should have it in every school!  Teaching our children the importance of eating right is so important.

Nov 14, 2008 09:07 AM #6
Debbie DiFonzo
Debbie DiFonzo - United Country VIP Realty, SW Missouri - Lebanon, MO
Lebanon MO and Buffalo Missouri Real Estate

Cheryl - I probably had a better time than some of the kids!!


Carole - It really was great information presented in a fun, interactive format. Not the usual text book "stuff"!

Nov 17, 2008 01:12 PM #7
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