Health magician teaches students about fitness
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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Entertainer Brian Richards used humor throughout his performance to keep the children entertained. He often used funny voices and made strage faces to get a reaction from the students.
Neighbors | Zack Shively.Performer Brian Richards invited five students to the front to help him explain how different fruits and vegetables help our bodies, such as carrots helping eyesight.
Neighbors | Zack Shively.The students had an active role in Brian Richards performance. He asked often asked them to participate in what he did. Pictured, Richards went over the five food groups with the children.
Neighbors | Zack Shively.Brian Richards invited students up throught his act to assist him. Pictured, he placed a hat on a student's head. Later, he had the child take a knot out of a string as a part of a magic trick.
Neighbors | Zack Shively.Performer and entertainer Brian Richards gave an educational performance at Austintown Elementary School on Jan. 26. He taught the children about health and fitness.
By ZACK SHIVELY
School performer and entertainer Brian Richards did three performances for Austintown Elementary School’s kindergartners and first- and second-grade students on Jan. 26.
Richards focused his presentation on nutrition and fitness. He did some magic tricks and used humor throughout his performance to keep the children entertained while they learned.
“I love the idea of using my gifts to impact the future,“ said Richards.
He began his show with some magic tricks. He then introduced himself as the “health magician“ and told the students that they exercise every day and eat healthy to maintain a healthy lifestyle. He said they need to begin this process when they are younger to avoid health complications later in life.
He gave information on both nutrition and fitness, starting with nutrition. He used an analogy comparing nutrients to the fuel for the body like gas fuels a car to help the children understand the importance of eating correctly.
He had the children hold up their hands and point to each of their fingers. As they did, he listed the five food groups and gave some information on each. He then did a magic trick where he placed a jar of peanut butter and a jar of jelly under two separate cups. He switched the placement of the jars without anyone noticing.
Five students came up to the area where he performed to help him explain the different ways fruits and vegetables help the body. He organized the fruits and vegetables by color. For example, orange and yellow fruits and vegetables help with sight and the immune system, while green fruits and vegetables help with teeth and bone strength.
He went on to his second focus, exercise and fitness. He said that the students need to get an hour of exercise each day. He explained that they can exercise in front of a television screen if they wanted.
The students and teachers did a dance along with Richards after he explained some of the moves, such as running in place, dance steps and pretending to jump rope. He played music and everyone danced along. He taught the children to inhale and exhale slowly to regain their composure when they were winded after the workout. He then said goodbye and thanked the school for having him.
Richards has been a performer for 20 years. He has four different shows. He has a show on mathematics, reading, nutrition and fitness. He combined the latter two for his performance at Austintown. He based much of his material on Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!“ initiative.