Food and Fitness

Megan Gravois, khester, Segura, Kayla H., Hester, Katina M.  |  2/1/2009 6:04:34 AM

4-H remains a leader in health-related education in an effort to promote the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of our youth. The National 4-H Healthy Living Mandate focuses on many health-related educational issues, including: mental and emotional health, foods and nutrition, physical health and safety. Louisiana 4-H offers a variety of programs to promote healthy living among children of all ages. Healthy Living programming includes: Smart Bodies, Smart Choices, Food and Fitness Board, Food and Fitness Camp among others.

Each year Ascension 4-H members are given the opportunity to participate in cookery contests. 4-H'ers learn about nutritional value, quality, cooking principles and versatility of various foods.  Cookeries include poultry, beef, seafood and egg.

Winners of these contests are given the chance to compete at district level and the chance to attend Food and Fitness Camp. Teens who show an interest in food and fitness and in leadership have the opportunity to be a part of the State Food and Fitness Leadership Board.

For more information on the different cookery contests visit the Contest section of our web site.

Check out Quincy's recipe corner for some kid friendly recipes. For additional resources on food, health and nutrition visit the LSU AgCenter Food & Health web site.

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