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Learning the lessons of milk

On March 20, Woodbury Elementary students had the chance to participate in fun activities, as well as learn about eating healthy at the "Dairy Fully Fueled" event. One of the activities was the "Football Toss." Staff photo by Amber Kispert

How often do kids hear the "myth" that eating right can make them stronger and faster? Well, kids got a taste of that reality on March 20 at Woodbury Elementary through the Dairy Fully Fueled Tour, sponsored by the Midwest Dairy Council.

"We want kids to realize that eating right can be fun," Lisa McCann, program manager for the MDC, said. "We're teaching beneficial lessons in a fun way."

This is the first year for the Dairy Fully Fueled Tour and Woodbury is only one of 55 stops. Between 300 and 400 third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade students participated in the event.

The desire to bring an event of this nature to schools stemmed from the need to educate students on how essential the "Big 4" -- dairy foods, fruit, vegetables, and whole grains -- are to help a person stay healthy. The activities course included 11 different stations.

Three of those stations provided information to students about staying healthy, as well as giving students the chance to sample some different kinds of milk.

The driving force of the Dairy Daily Fueled Tour is the "Pledge Wall," where students sign their names in a pledge to eat more health foods.

The wall will be displayed at Woodbury Elementary so that students can remember and respect their pledges.

In addition to the information centers, there are a variety of fun, physical activities to try, which include: the Football Toss; throwing footballs into cheese wedge targets, the Food Pyramid Climbing Wall, The String Cheese Fun Run; a bungee cord inflatable race, the Yogurt Bubble; an inflatable with wind and flying items that kids are trying to collect and the Locker Room; where kids can see how they measure up to professional football players.

At the end of the event, if students had participated in all stations, they received a football hacky sack.

"We call it 'edutainment,'" McCann said. "We really wanted to pass on the messages, but we wanted them to have fun too."

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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