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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • Hands-on health

  • Second and third graders at Reede Gray Elementary School were given an opportunity to learn more about a wide variety of health-rated topics, from eating a well-balanced meal to proper dental care recently as part of a program known as “Hands-On Health.”
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  • What does it mean to be healthy?Second and third graders at Reede Gray Elementary School were given an opportunity to learn more about a wide variety of health-rated topics, from eating a well-balanced meal to proper dental care recently as part of a program known as “Hands-On Health.” The program was presented by the Minnesota Children’s Museum and was funded using youth enrichment funds through community education.According to Erin Wilson, school and group program lead for the Minnesota Children’s Museum, the program is intended to help students learn by being active.There were opportunities for students to learn about the foods they eat by reading nutrition labels, to plan well-balanced meals, to discover the systems in the body, practice good dental hygiene and find ways to get active through exercise.“We find kids learn more when they have fun,” said Wilson. “Our philosophy at the children’s museum is learning through play.”After taking part in activities, students said they learned lots of important things, such as “we breathe 23,000 times each day,” “you can get cavities between your teeth,” and “we lose 30,000 skin cells every minute.”Find out more about hands-on health at www.mcm.org.
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