TOUCAN makes some noise at Medicine Valley Elementary

Several second grade students are paying attention on how to fish for “food groups” to file in the correct labeled box at the other end of the gym at Medicine Valley Elementary School in Curtis.  Photo by Christina Michele Miller

Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) brought their TOUCAN program to students at Medicine Valley Elementary School on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 29-30, during Mr. Derek Bantam’s physical education classes for K-3rd grades.

“TOUCAN is Teaching Our yoUth Choices: Activities and Nutrition”, explains Helena T. Janousek, TOUCAN coordinator at SWNPHD.  “Our goal is to reduce childhood obesity by providing education to children at a young age.  We use stories, puppets, and activities specific for each grade to help students learn about MyPlate, food groups, calories, and staying active.”

This is the second year for the TOUCAN program at Medicine Valley Elementary School.  “We enjoyed working with Derek and his students in our high energy program,” states Janousek.  “We also coordinate Nebraska Kids Fitness Day at McCook for all 4th grade students in the health district.  TOUCAN is a great introduction that builds each year on making healthy choices.”

Each student received a bag to take home containing a bookmark, pencil, stickers, TOUCAN pin and MyPlate information to share with their parents.

SWNPHD serves the counties of Chase, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Hayes, Hitchcock, Perkins, and Red Willow.  For additional information, please contact Janousek at email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 308-345-4223.  SWNPHD is located at 404 West 10th Street, McCook – one block north of Arby’s.  You can also follow us on Facebook & Twitter.



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