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TOUCAN program brought to Perkins County Elementary PDF Print E-mail

Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) brought their TOUCAN program to students at Perkins County Elementary School on Wednesday, Jan.  9, during Mr. Shawn Cole’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 first year for the TOUCAN program at Perkins County Elementary School.  
“We enjoyed working with Mr. Cole and his students in our high energy program,” states Janousek.  “We also coordinate Nebraska Kids Fitness Day at McCook for all fourth 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.