Joanna Pesson, Ordoyne, Melissa | 11/6/2017 5:26:07 PM
Family, Nutrition and Health
The incidence of youth obesity is rising at alarming rate, not only in Tangipahoa Parish, but across the country. Thirteen hundred twenty five youth learned to make healthy food choices especially when selecting snacks, the importance of fruits and vegetables in the diet and the role exercise plays in improving health in a six week series of classes. Participants also toured the LSU AgCenter’s Body Walk exhibit. As a result of participating in this program, 30% of youth reported including at least one new fruit or vegetable in their diet and, according to exercise logs, ¼ increased the amount of exercise they do weekly by 30 minutes.
4-H Youth Development
Tangipahoa Parish 4-H’ers raised funds in order to provide Christmas presents to the residents of the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home. One of the Tangipahoa Parish Adult leaders volunteered to make 50 Christmas Stockings. The Jr Leaders gathered age appropriate gifts and had a Christmas stocking decorating and stuffing party. Twenty Jr Leaders and 15 adult volunteers traveled to Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home to deliver the stockings to the residents.
As a result of this project, over 2000 youth and adults in Tangipahoa Parish have been made aware of the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home. This experience opened many of the 4-Her’s eyes as to how Foster Care can impact a child’s life. Going to the home made the Tangipahoa Parish 4-Her’s realize how fortunate they really are. The children at the home had a wonderful day opening their stockings and visiting with the 4-H’ers. 100% of the youth surveyed strongly agreed that they wanted to continue to serve the home throughout the year and in years to come. 100% of the youth also agreed that they wanted to inform the community about the home and the importance of helping children and their families who need help in times of crisis. The impact of this project was as rewarding to the Tangipahoa Parish 4-Her’s as it was to the children and young adults of the home.
Agriculture & Natural Resources
Louisiana’s coastline is being eroded daily. Tangipahoa Parish residents are concerned about this erosion and decided to do something to address it. A comprehensive effort was undertaken including a tree planting program in Coastal parishes to help preserve the areas from storm surge and wind damage. Over 100 youth and adults learned about tree planting and planted 700 live oaks in the coastal areas of the parish. Another 2000 trees were donated by the Louisiana Dept. of AG & Forestry and were planted by over 300 residents to expand this effort.
Who we reach:
42,875 - Youth (includes 1250 4-H members & 36 school 4-H clubs)
59,528 - Adults
31,528 Ag & Natural Resources
28,353 Family Consumer Sciences
How we reach them:
TV / Radio / Newspapers
Expanding our efforts:
4-H, Master Gardeners, Family & Community, Cattlemen’s Assoc. & Master Horsemen
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aqua-culture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Tangipahoa Parish clientele. The 2015 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary
Population - 125,413
Land area (square miles) - 791.28
Persons under 18 years old - 25%
Persons 65 years old and over - 12.3%
Median household income - $40,491
Persons below poverty - 22.1%
Local Issues & Plans for this year.
1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.
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