FCS Profile

Family & Consumer Sciences Program Highlights

Nutrition Programs

In an effort to help youth learn the importance of incorporating fruits and vegetables in their diet along with regular exercise, NutritionEducator, Mary Jarreau, led a series of nutrition programs reaching students at Brusly, Chamberlin, and Port Allen Elementary Schools using the Show Me Nutrition series of interactive lessons. Students sampled new foods such as the Fruity Whole-Wheat Butterfly, seen in the picture to the right.

In collaboration with WBR Parish School Systems, social marketing exhibits are displayed in every school to remind children, parents, and even staff to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables, Make Meals and Memories Together, and Be Active, Be Healthy as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Campers at Dow Westside YMCA’s Summer Camp participated in a week-long Chef’s Camp, learning to prepare simple and healthy recipes for their families. In a 3-week period, more than 20 campers learned the importance of healthy eating using MyPlate and put it into practice by making recipes such as Fruit Salsa, Kickin’ Chicken Strips, and Cauliflower Pizza.

To empower adults to make smart choices for a healthier lifestyle, the LSU AgCenter SNAP-Ed program conducts nutrition classes using the Let’s Eat for the Health of It curriculum at the Erwinville Food Pantry and the Council on Aging in Port Allen, reaching more than 75 Senior Citizens monthly.

Outreach Methods

Series of Classes
Web site articles
Displays & Exhibits
Health Fairs
Social Media

State and Parish Facts

According to recent data by County Health Rankings, WBR Parish is number 14 among 64 parishes in health factors and health behaviors. 40% (10,259) of the adults in WBR Parish are obese.

In Louisiana, new data from 12,000, 2-19 year-olds, released by the LA Obesity Council indicated that 46.53% were overweight or obese. Children who are obese are more likely to become obese adults. Schools can make a positive impact on children's health by promoting physical activity, providing healthy foods, and educating children on nutrition. In 2009, only 25% of high school students met therecommendations for physical activity. Hunger andinadequate nutritional status can interfere withcognitive functioning and lead to lower academic achievement.

West Baton Rouge Parish

Population - 25,490 (48.8% male; 51.2% female)

Persons under 18 years old -27.3%

Persons 65 years old and over - 11.3%

Local Issues & Plans for the year:

1. BodyQuest: Food of the Warrior

  • Childhood obesity prevention program to increase fruit and vegetable knowledge and consumption with third grade students. This series will be implemented in collaboration with Chamberlin and Cohn Elementary.

2.Continue to implement Nutrition Programming for

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligible clients:
  • Head Start classes and parent meetings
  • Elementary Schools
  • Food Banks
  • Senior Citizens
  • Local Health Unit/ WIC office
  • Health Fairs

3.Policies, Systems, and Environmental Change approaches to Healthier Living

Innovate . Educate . Improve Lives

The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture