Laura Haley | 2/26/2010 10:14:38 PM
A PDF version of the Caddo Parish Profile is attached below.
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.
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.
2. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.
3. Strengthen families and communities.