Caddo Parish Profile

Laura Haley  |  2/26/2010 10:14:38 PM

A PDF version of the Caddo Parish Profile is attached below.

Program Highlights

Family & Consumer Sciences
Caddo Parish has one of the highest rates of obesity in the state. Twenty Caddo Parish adults participated in a six-week Smart Portions educational program that helps achieve and maintain healthy weight based on lifestyle changes, including use of the MyPyramid food groups and portion sizes, regular physical activity and focusing on a healthy weight - not pounds. Participants lost a total of 45.3 pounds during the six week program and of those pounds lost, 95% of participants have maintained the weight loss.

4-H Youth Development
The Caddo Parish 4-H Youth Development program builds youths’ feelings of belonging through experiential learning opportunities. Youth development research indicates that the development of a sense of belonging is connected to psychological wellbeing. Youth who feel they belong have a greater sense of independence and are more intrinsically motivated. In 2007-2008, Caddo 4-H youth reported a mean belonging score of 3.15 on a 1 : 4 scale. 1 meaning they feel they don’t belong and 4 meaning they have a high sense of belonging.In 2008-2009, Caddo 4-H youth reported a mean belonging score of 3.31. This 0.16 increase reflects a greater sense of belonging among our 4-H members in two years.

Agriculture & Natural Resources
Many Caddo Parish footstep eligible individuals and families lack the knowledge and skill to grow their own fruits and vegetables. Growing fruits and vegetables in a community garden setting provides greater access to produce, creates a venue for nutrition education, and provides a way to stretch food dollars by reducing the need to purchase fruits and vegetables. These factors will ultimately lead to increased consumption of fruits and vegetables by footstep eligible clientele. There are nine community gardens in Caddo Parish. Volunteer participation is important in assisting and educating footstep eligible clientele in the skills necessary to grow, harvest, and prepare fruits and vegetables. Volunteers reported 1,495 hours of volunteer time providing nutrition education through youth and community gardens. Over 3,000 volunteer hours have been pledged for the 2009/2010 fiscal year.


Parish Facts

LSU Accented County Agents provide researched information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterpriser to Caddo Parish clientele. The 2008 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
—Plant enterpriser - $ 53,406,701.

—Aquaculture and wildlife - $ 1,368,763.

—Animal enterpriser - $ 64,818,697.

Data from the Louisiana AgSummary website: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary.


Population - 252, 895

Land area (square miles) - 881.99
Persons under 18 years old - 25.3%

Persons 65 years old and over - 13.8%

Median household income - $35,547

Persons below poverty - 22.9%


Local Issues & Plans for this year

1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.

  • Conduct Crop Production Meetings
  • Conduct pesticide recertification meetings
  • Write news columns and web page content and conduct seminars on agriculture practices
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits
  • Continue to provide information to local farmers and homeowners on crops, animals, gardens and wildlife


2. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.

  • Develop leadership skills in 4-H youth through educational programs conducted in school club meetings, service learning, workshops, and after– school settings.  
  • Train and support teachers and staff to implement effective character education strategies based on the
  • 11 Principles of Effective Character Education.
  • Conduct nutrition based educational programs to educate participants on MyPyramid, healthy food choices and importance of daily physical activity.


3. Strengthen families and communities.

  • Increase Community Garden volunteer time to 3,000 hours for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.
  • Conduct nutrition education workshops with information on health and nutrition, food safety and preservation and incorporating physical activity with technology.
  • Increase Child Care Provider Training enrollment for clients obtaining the CDA Certification, which provides higher quality providers at child care centers.
  • Continue to provide high quality education to clients in the in the Parents Preparing for Success program.
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