Monday, December 12

Southern University Ag Center is Nutritionally Yours!

Stephanie M. Elwood, center, interacting with students at Bridge Academy as they start their fall gardens in Kindergarten and 1st Grade classes
Baton Rouge, La. - The Southern University Land-Grant Campus is Nutritionally YoursNutritionally Yours encompasses the Land-Grant Campus’s signature Extension nutrition programs and serves 13 parishes in the state. Our signature nutrition programs include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Education Program (SNAP-Ed), the Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP), Creating Healthy Enjoyable Foods (C.H.E.F) Camp & Growing Healthy Initiative. Our Nutritionally Yours programs provide direct and indirect education to the citizens of Louisiana using a policy, systems and environmental change (PSE) approach. The policy, systems and environmental change approach goes beyond programming into the systems that create the structures in which our program clientele live, work and play.

Nutritionally Yours intends to do just that through our Growing Healthy Initiative. The planting of vegetable gardens, fruit trees, berry bushes, classroom container gardens, are all used to help increase nutrition knowledge and encourage behavioral change amongst our clientele. The Growing Healthy Initiative provides hands-on nutrition education, fresh foods access and sustainable environment in our Nutritionally Yours sites.  The initiative is implemented by our Family and Consumer Science Agents and SNAP-Ed, EFNEP Nutrition Educators.

As part of the Growing Healthy Initiative, Stephanie M. Elwood, Extension Associate, and Kiyana E. Kelly, East Baton Rouge Nutrition Educator, started fall gardens for 125 students in two classes at Bridge Academy in Baton Rouge. Vegetables like Arugula, Bok Choy, Cabbage and Mustard Greens were planted in the gardens on December 5. 

Our nutrition education programming aims to educate the citizens of Louisiana about the positive benefits of making healthy nutritional choices, expanding their food dollar, and preparing food safely.

For more information about the Nutritionally Yours programs, contact us at 225-771-2242 or

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