East Baton Rouge Parish Profile 2016-17

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Program Highlights

Family, Nutrition & Health

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the prevalence of obesity among children aged 10 to 17 years is 39.8% in Louisiana. Therefore, it is important to educate young people on the importance of making healthful food choices and being physically active daily. Moreover, by providing youth with the skills to incorporate healthful lifestyle choices; they can share the knowledge and behavioral practices with their families. During the 2015-2016 school year, The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) in East Baton Rouge Parish conducted the Smart Choices Youth program with 4,833 youth in 20 schools , 2 after-school programs and 4 summer camp programs .Youth participants learned to make healthy food choices, read food labels, and understand the importance of diet and physical activity through a series of nutrition education classes. As a result during the 2015-2016 school year, 81% of the students improved their abilities to choose foods according to the Federal Dietary Recommendations and gained knowledge.

4-H Youth & Family Development

Louisiana is losing valuable wetlands. Therefore, environmental education is extremely critical to youth in Louisiana in an effort to make them good environmental stewards. The Youth Wetlands Program provides curriculum related to the Louisiana GLE’s and the Common Core Standards. Project supplies are provided to teachers in an effort to promote wetlands education that reinforces science concepts being taught. During the 2015– 2016 school year, 850 students and 44 teachers in East Baton Rouge Parish participated in the LSU AgCenter’ s Youth Wetland Program. Youth also participated in a specialty statewide camp (Challenge Camp) designed to address personal development, goal setting, and team building skills. As a result, 96% of the youth reported learning new team skills and 75% of the youth learned how to overcome personal challenges.

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Horticultural related concerns continue to play a major role in the agricultural industry in East Baton Rouge Parish. The parish is estimated to have 188,000 single family homeowners who are responsible for their yard and landscape. Of this total, demographics estimate that 87,000 maintain a landscape and 44,463 grow an edible food garden (vegetables & fruits). During 2015- 2016, approximately 100,000 consumers were reached dealing with horticultural issues whether it is plant selection and planting, pest control for plants, fruiting trees and shrubs, vegetable gardens, disease identification, and landscape issues. A weekly news column is published promoting horticultural issues with circulation of over 146,000. Additionally, 161 Master Gardener volunteers are trained and assist with outreach on consumer horticultural practices. Last year, participants in the Master Gardner program provided over 11,000 volunteer hours making over 96,600 contacts with East Baton Rouge Parish residents. The economic impact of the volunteer efforts of the Master Gardeners totals approximately $253,770.

Who we reach.

104,667 - Youth (includes 850 – 4H members, 45 school 4-H clubs, school enrichment—Smart Bodies, Smart Choices, Character Development, Youth Wetlands Week)

24,933 - Adults

5,520 Ag & Natural Resources

19,413 Family, Nutrition & Health

How we reach them:

4-H clubs
School enrichment
Field days
Class series
Mass/Social media
Web sites

Expanding our efforts:

385 Volunteers - 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family & Consumer Sciences, Master Horsemen, Shooting Sports Volunteers

Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter and Southern University Ag Center’s county agents provide research-based information on plant, fisheries, wildlife and animal enterprises to East Baton Rouge Parish clientele. The 2015 total dollar amount from these commodities was:

—Plant enterprises - $40, 501,413

—Aquaculture and wildlife - $2,810,850

—Animal enterprises - $15,600,310

Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Web site: www.LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary

Population - 447, 037

Land area (square miles) - 455.37

Persons under 18 years old - 22.8%

Persons 65 years old and over - 12.8%

Median household income - $49,285

Persons below poverty - 18.5%

Local Issues & Plans for this year.

1.Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.

  • Conduct series of Master Gardener, Master Horseman and Master Farmer classes
  • Actively cooperate with parish’s green industry and commercial producers
  • Conduct farm and home educational visits

2.Promote the wise use of natural resources and protection of the environment.

  • Conduct private pesticide recertification classes and worker protection standards classes
  • Enhance the public’s understanding of and appreciation for the benefits of forest and related resources
  • Youth participate in educational programs and activities that promote environmental stewardship

3.Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.

  • Enhance and expand service learning projects throughout the parish
  • Enhance existing volunteer development program
  • Promote safe behavioral practices, enhance leadership skills, advance science, engineering and technology (S.E.T.) within schools and community

4.Strengthen families and communities.

  • EFNEP and SNAP-Ed clients will receive training on feeding their families nutritionally on a budget
  • Expand nutrition and health education to youth in an effort to prevent childhood obesity and promote wellness
  • Conduct nutrition education classes to promote healthful lifestyle choices to reduce incidence of disease
  • Conduct parenting classes to teach proper parenting skills to parents with children under 1 year
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