Kimberly A. Evans | 3/9/2012 11:24:28 PM
Family, Nutrition & Health
Childhood obesity is of great concern in LaSalle Parish, often caused by limited resource families and lack of knowledge of healthy food choices. This past semester 280 students toured the Body Walk exhibit and participated in the Smart Bodies program. Teachers and parents reported these children were eating more fruits and vegetables and less junk food. The focus of 4-H programs this school year is Healthy Choices. Members learn how to read labels, understand portion sizes, and how to make better selections in what they eat.
The LaSalle Parish Early Literacy Program provides books for parents of young children. The LaSalle Parish Health Unit has partnered with the AgCenter for this project.
The Connect My Louisiana is a broadband (high-speed internet access) education and awareness initiative for Louisiana. Connect My Louisiana promotes broadband adoption in parishes where it is under-used.
4-H Youth Development
LaSalle Parish has 856 youth enrolled in fourteen 4-H clubs; including Shooting Sports and Clover Buds. The school club focus for the year is Healthy Living. 4-H programs are designed to enrich the lives of youth by teaching life skills through club meetings, workshops, camps and contests. There are about 30 youth who are actively involved in the new shooting sports program; which offers learning opportunities for youth in rifle, archery, and shotgun. There are currently four (4) shooting sports instructors.
Agriculture & Natural Resources
LaSalle Parish has a varied group of agriculture producers. These include those with a small acreage of row crops, part-time beef producers and home gardeners. The largest group is made up of clientele with concerns about vegetable gardens and home grounds. Safe and proper uses of pesticides and fertilizers as well as variety selection and use are of great interest to all.
Local residents utilize the soil testing services that are available through the local office. Recommendations are given for fertilization of home grounds and gardens.
1400 Youth (includes 856-4-H members enrolled in 12 school 4-H clubs), 800 Adults, 300 Ag & Natural Resources, and 500 Family, Nutrition & Health
4-H clubs, Class series, School Enrichment, Demonstrations, Workshops, Social media, Newsletters, Web sites, Publications, Newspaper, and Radio.
Volunteers - 70 4-H, Master Gardeners, Nutrition & Health
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aqua-culture, wildlife and animal enterprises to LaSalle Parish clientele. The 2010 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Web site: lsuagcenter.com/agsummary
Population - 14,890
Land area (square miles) - 624.68
Persons under 18 years old - 23.7%
Persons 65 years old and over - 14.8%
Median household income - $37,572
Persons below poverty - 13%
1. Strengthen families and communities
2. Leadership and Youth Development
3. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture
4. Promote the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment