Walkers To Enforce LAW For Nutrition Month

Catrinel Stanciu, Claesgens, Mark A.  |  4/22/2005 11:36:27 PM

News Release Distributed 2/19/04

The LSU AgCenter will help to encourage Louisiana residents to obey a different kind of "LAW" to observe national nutrition month during March.

In one case, it’s centered on Louisiana Walks, or LAW, for short, which will encourage people to take 30-minute walks on the Baton Rouge campus March 6.

That event, hosted by the Baton Rouge Dietetic Association and slated to run from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m., is one of many walks around the state organized by the Louisiana Dietetic Association, according to Dr. Annrose Guarino, an LSU AgCenter nutritionist who also is president of the Baton Rouge chapter.

LAW coordinator Catrinel Stanciu, also an LSU AgCenter nutritionist, says the Baton Rouge event is open to the public, and she invites area residents to join dietitians, teachers, students and AgCenter employees to raise awareness about proper nutrition.

There is no registration fee, but she asks each walker to bring a non-perishable item for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

"The LSU AgCenter is a major sponsor of the event because of our statewide efforts with the problems of childhood obesity," Stanciu says.

Several additional sponsors are donating people and items to make LAW festive as well as educational. Support includes water from Associated Grocers, water and snacks from the Southeast Dairy Association and face painting by Baton Rouge Regional Office of Public Health volunteers.

In addition, LSU Student Dietetic Association volunteers and Retired Senior Volunteer Program personnel will handle registration and the food and water stations. They also will provide nutrition and health-related publications.

There will be chances for prizes, too. Other sponsors include the Family Road of Greater Baton Rouge, the Louisiana Department of Education and Benoit Total Care.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the corner of Highland Road and South Stadium Drive. A warm-up conducted by exercise professionals of E-Centrics starts at 7:45. Maps of the walking route will be provided at the registration table.

The two-hour period allows participants to repeat the course if they wish.

For information about walks in other locations around the state, contact the parish LSU AgCenter Extension office in your area.

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Contact:  Catrinel Stanciu at (225) 578-3329 or cstanciu@agcenter.lsu.edu
Writer:     Mark Claesgens at (225) 578-2939 or mclaesgens@agcenter.lsu.edu

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