Louisiana State University’s AgCenter is familiar with the health issues in their community.
“We were seeing all the basic chronic diseases – obesity issues, Type 2 diabetes and hypertension,” said Cynthia Stephens, AgCenter extension agent.
Their solution? Community-based programs, such as chair-assisted exercise classes for seniors, yoga for children, community gardens, and a broad range of nutrition education lessons. The Healthy Communities program is a concept derived from the West Carroll initiative, which serves as the basis for all statewide Health Community programs. The programs are funded by a grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“In communities with limited resources, both human and financial, it is important for people to be engaged in programs based on what they believe are the greatest local health issues to increase success and sustainability,” said Gina Eubanks, AgCenter family and consumer sciences program leader.
For more information on what the program offers Louisiana residents and the impact they’ve had, read more here.
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