Bertina Mcghee | 2/2/2012 3:09:41 AM
4-H Youth and Family Development
The newly merged LSU AgCenter 4-H Youth and Family Development programs emphasizes providing a wide variety of educational opportunities to help youth learn valuable life skills such as decision making, leadership, and positive conflict resolution.
Through the LSU AgCenter nutrition education programs families acquire skills and knowledge to make healthy food choices consistent with the Dietary Guidelines, MyPlate & the Nutrition Facts Label.
Participants learn how to budget their food dollars, provide nutritious meals for their families and learn strategies to combat obesity.
The LSU AgCenter addresses issues with the aging population through monthly educational programs on nutrition, health, exercise, finance, safe home environment, home health care, and medical aids.
More than 500 senior citizens have learned the importance of good nutrition, food safety, and signs and symptoms of chronic diseases.
4-H Youth Development
The LSU AgCenter 4-H and Southern University AgCenter Youth Educational Support (YES) program has impacted more than 230 students through 4-H clubs and over 2,081 students through Character Development which focuses on learning the six pillars of character and the impact of bullying on the school environment.
Over 1,455 students learn to be good stewards of their environment through the Youth Wetlands Coastal Restoration enrichment program.
Lake Forest Charter Elementary School was named Louisiana’s first State School of Character in 2010.
Nutrition and Health
The incidence of childhood obesity is rising at an alarming rate, not only in Orleans Parish, but across the country.
More than 3,300 K-5th students have participated in the Smart Bodies Program of nutrition and physical activity to combat childhood obesity.
Students learned human anatomy through innovative characters representing organs of the body. Teachers reported students eating more fruits and vegetables from the school cafeteria more often.
Through the EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program) program over 2,000 students have learned to make healthy food choices when selecting snacks; the importance of eating more fruits and vegetables and the benefits of exercise to improve health.
Agriculture & Natural Resources
The LSU AgCenter is working in Orleans Parish to promote best management practices in consumer and commercial horticulture by providing access to research-based educational materials and LSU agricultural specialists.
More than 1,600 residents from schools, community organizations, farmer’s markets, and gardening enthusiasts learned beginners’ beekeeping and tree care. More than 40 volunteers were trained through the Master Gardener Program.
Who we reach:
How we reach them:
Expanding our efforts:
LSU AgCenter faculty and specialist provide research-based information on plant, fisheries and wildlife enterprises to Orleans Parish clientele. The 2010 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary
Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary
Population - 354,850
Land area (square miles) - 180.56
Persons under 18 years old - 21.5%
Persons 65 years old and over - 11.7%
Median household income - $37,047
Persons below poverty - 22.9%
Local Issues & Plans for this year
1. Increase AgCenter visibility and outreach by updating webpage and creating social networking pages for 4-H, Family Development, and Horticulture.
2. Promote the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment.
3. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development
4. Strengthen families and communities