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Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) brought its TOUCAN program to students at Chase County Elementary School Jan. 30 during Jodi Schuller’s K-3 physical education classes.
“TOUCAN is the acronym for Teaching Our youth Choices: Activities and Nutrition,” said Helena 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,” she said.
This is the third year for the TOUCAN program at Chase County Elementary Schools.  
“We enjoyed working with Jodi and her students in our high energy program,” Janousek said.  
Each CCS student received a bag to take home containing an activity book, pencil and MyPlate information to share with their family.

SWNPHD also coordinates a Nebraska Kids Fitness Day at McCook each year for all fourth grade students in the health district.