Kimberly A. Evans | 10/28/2013 11:31:43 PM
4-H Youth Development
LaSalle Parish has 890 youth enrolled in 15 4-H Clubs, including the Cloverbuds program for younger children. The LaSalle Parish 4-H Advisory Leadership Council chose Conflict Management/Decision Making and Health and Fitness as top priorities for the year. A variety of programs were conducted at 4-H meetings. Two of the lessons followed the newly developed Activity Guide: Making Cents and Health and Fitness. 4-H members were encouraged to complete the activity guides as part of their record books. The final lesson on Reduce, Reuse and Recycle focused on environmental issues. This reflected back to the Litter Free LaSalle campaign and ways to reduce trash. Club members were made aware of the time it takes for some materials to decompose. The parish Shooting Sports program has grown each year. This year 117 LaSalle youth participated in Shooting Sports.
Family, Nutrition & Health
Health and Fitness are of concern locally, as well as nationally. A 4-H Food and Fitness club was formed in 2013 and has continued to expand each year. Funds were received from the Louisiana Fit4tHeFuture Grant through the National 4-H Council Walmart Foundation Grant. Youth took part in several workshops and activities.Smart Bodies, a state physical fitness promotion project, was conducted at one parish school. Three hundred fifty students took a trip through the Body Walk. Nutrition education is provided through the parish SNAP Ed program, WIC participants and numerous other groups.
Agriculture & Natural Resources
LaSalle Parish has a varied group of agriculture producers. These include those with small acreages of row crops, part-time beef producers and home gardeners. Safe and proper uses of pesticides and fertilizers, as well as variety selection and use are of great interest to all. Residents utilize the soil testing services that are available through the local office. Recommendations are given for fertilization of home grounds and gardens.
Community Rural Development (CRD)
Live Lively LaSalle!, a $2 million project funded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Louisiana and local partners, has provided park infrastructure including 2.5 miles of walking trails, playground and outdoor fitness equipment, splash park, outdoor basketball court and two farmers’ markets. Nutrition education, healthier menu items at local restaurants and fitness center scholarships to individuals with health risks are also included. Lead LaSalle, a 12-hour leadership development series, is designed to increase interpersonal communication and leadership skills. Graduates will become more engaged in community decision making and are eligible to participate in Lead LaSalle 2 classes.
4-H, Youth Development
Science, Engineering & Technology
Nutrition & Health
Agriculture & Natural Resources
Horticulture/Lawn & Gardens
Community Rural Development
Volunteers - 90
4-H, Master Gardeners, Nutrition & Health
Local Issues & Plans for this year
Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development
Strengthen families and communities
Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana
4. Promote the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment