Balancing Exercise and Nutrition for Students (BEANS)


In collaboration with the Dallas Independent School District (DISD), UT Southwestern medical, graduate, or nutrition student volunteers will present B.E.A.N.S. (Balancing Exercise and Nutrition for Students) programs in DISD classes. 

The target audience is third through fifth graders. Students in grades six and up can also benefit. Maximum audience size is 50 students. Programs can take place in any room with seating and a screen or an open wall for viewing the program such as gymnasiums, classrooms, or auditoriums. A table or cart for our laptop and two electrical outlets are needed. Students use audience response devices to actively engage in the presentation.


Modules start with instructions on using the “clickers” and practice questions. After initial practice questions and topic introduction, presenters ask pre-test questions and compare and discuss responses. Additional content is presented before post-test questions are posed. Students can see the differences in pre- and post-test answers. The review summary integrates attitude and intent to change questions.

See sample programs:

Requesting B.E.A.N.S.

Any school staff can schedule a presentation. Wednesdays and Thursdays work best, but volunteers may be available on Tuesdays. 

School Goals

B.E.A.N.S. presentations can contribute to MVP goals, developmental assets, and TEKS in physical education, health, wellness, and core curriculum.

To schedule presentations, contact:

UT Southwestern Medical Center
Department of Clinical Nutrition/Center for Human Nutrition
Phone: 214-648-3045

Please include your email information if contacting by telephone.