Thursday, June 30

SU Ag Center’s FF-NEWS provides nutrition education to youth in Summer Business Institute

East Baton Rouge Parish Nutrition Educator Marquetta Anderson teaches the MyPlate Healthy Eating Style to youth enrolled in the Garrett A. Morgan Summer Business Institute. 

Kiyana Kelly (standing on the far right), a nutrition educator for East Baton Rouge Parish, provides instructions while students prepare whole grain quesadillas.

Baton Rouge, LAThe SU Ag Center’s Families First Nutrition Education and Wellness System (FF-NEWS) continues to partner with local summer enrichment programs for children and youth across the state of Louisiana.

On June 29 – 30, 2016, East Baton Rouge Parish Nutrition Educators Marquetta L. Anderson and Kiyana E. Kelly presented to 4th – 12th graders at the Garrett A. Morgan Summer Business Institute. The Institute offers core academic courses and guides children and youth through the process of starting businesses with hands-on, real world startup activities.

Anderson and Kelly covered nutrition topics such as: Incorporating the MyPlate Healthy Eating Style, Healthy Summer Snacking, Whole Grains vs. Refined Grains, and Careers in Nutrition.

Students also participated in a hands-on food demonstration following the lecture. They were able to identify whole grains versus refined grains based on the food label and product packaging. The students then prepared whole grain quesadillas. Several students expressed it was their first time willing trying whole grain products. When asked what they learned from the nutrition presentation, the answers varied. Bryce Brown, an 8th grader, responded, “I learned that each food group provides different nutrients that our bodies need to function properly.” His classmates applauded.

For more information about the SU Ag Center’s nutrition program, call 225-771-2242 or e-mail

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