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OrganWise Guys are a hit in Wexford County

Kids in Wexford County are becoming wise about nutrition and having fun at the same time with the help of Michigan State University Extension and the OrganWise Guys.

 Deb Dyer, MSUE Wexford County Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed) program assistant was surprised to see an Internet posting from a Cadillac kindergarten teacher, Kelly Baas, who thought so much of the OrganWise Guys curriculum being taught in her class that she posted a lengthy testimonial, including some letters from her students. You can find it on the OrganWise Guys website here.

 The OrganWise Guys is an interactive, science-based curriculum that uses fun characters based on the organs of the body to teach children about nutrition and physical activity.

 The SNAP-Ed program provides nutrition education to persons who qualify for food assistance. These are generally people living in low-income situations who are eligible for the SNAP (what used to be called food stamps) or Bridge Cards (in Michigan). Schools with 50 percent or greater students receiving free or reduced lunches also qualify.

 MSUE campaigned with local schools to offer to come into the classroom and provide the nutrition education that they would need to meet curriculum standards. The SNAP-Ed personnel teach the curriculum but also train the teachers to implement this comprehensive nutrition program.

 According to Shari Spoelman, District 6 coordinator, referring to the posting by Kelly Baas, “This is great feedback following our first year of teaching OrganWise Guys in all qualifying classrooms in kindergarten through 2nd grade in Cadillac Area Public Schools. That’s 25 classrooms, each visited for 11 to 12 lessons.”

 MSUE staff members in counties throughout the state teach Organ WiseGuys. I mentioned Isabella County’s program in a previous blog. If you’d like to tell us more about how OrganWise Guys is being implemented in your area, please leave a comment on this blog.

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Isabella County Extension SNAP-Ed brings Wise Guys, wise advice to kids

Michigan State University Extension Isabella County SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) instructor Vivian Pifher received a grant for more than $18,000 from the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe. The grant will purchase supplies and curriculum, and contribute to the operational costs of the OrganWise Guys Comprehensive School Program (OWG CSP) in the Isabella County Schools.

 The OWG CSP is an interactive, science-based curriculum that uses fun characters based on the organs of the body to teach children about nutrition and physical activity. Vivian implemented the OWG Program at Renaissance Public School Academy during the last school year and will work with both Renaissance and Ganiard schools in 2010-11.

 Teacher surveys taken at the end of the school year showed that students were more active, running and playing games during recess. More students started eating breakfast. They learned how important water is for their body, and they made healthier snack choices. Excited about the program, the kids have stopped Vivian in the hall to ask if OWG is coming to their class today.

 MSUE is striving to attain the goal of offering the OWG curriculum to all eligible Isabella County Schools within two years by training the teachers to implement this comprehensive nutrition program with Isabella County MSUE’s support.

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