LSU AgCenter Agent Partners with Family Service Center West Feliciana | Saint-Francisville

Cynthia Whitaker, Early Head Start / Head Start Health Coordinator for the West Feliciana Parish Family Service Center, turned to Layne Langley to help her prepare an agenda for the October committee meeting. parents of Head Start.

The meeting involved the parents and grandparents of the students as well as the staff of the Family Service Center.

Layne Langley is a regional nutrition officer with the LSU AgCenter for Nutrition Programs.

During the Oct. 7 program, Langley ran MyPlate, the Healthful Way program, teaching participants about the USDA’s MyPlate food groups. Langley handed out MyPlate cards and asked participants to list as many foods as possible in each of the food groups. She then asked the group to share the responses.

Langley covered key messages such as “enjoy your food, but eat less”, “avoid oversized portions”, “make half your plate fruit and veg”. “Switch to skimmed or low fat (1%) milk”, “make at least half of your grains whole grain”, “compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, frozen meals- choose foods with lower numbers “and” Drink water instead of sugary drinks. “

Participants received a recipe and asked them to make it healthy by making changes and modifications. After the group shared their changes, the group made a magical fruit salad.

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In early November, Whitaker contacted Langley again to schedule another nutrition program. Whitaker selected physical activity / exercise from a list provided by Langley. On November 10, Langley launched Be Active Your Way asking participants to lift their legs as a warm-up exercise.

She asked for the definition of physical activity and exercise. Langley then provided each participant with sticky notes and asked them to write down the benefits of physical activity / exercise and place their ideas on a poster. Langley explained why participants should strive to maintain a healthy weight.

Langley shared moderate and vigorous intensity exercise with the group.

Participants received potential barriers to physical activity / exercise, and they offered suggestions for overcoming the barrier and received other suggestions from the group. The session included the preparation of a fruit smoothie. Before concluding the session, Langley led the group in a walking exercise video.

For more information on nutrition programs, contact Layne Langley at (225) 635-3614 or [email protected]

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