Baton Rouge, La. – On June 3, 2019, 35 students entered The Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Institute (SARDI) to begin a four-week healthy living themed summer program.
The goal of the program is to improve the health, safety, development, and well-being of adolescents and young adults within the community.
One of the main highlights of the program was the four-week-long Food Truck Challenge that was designed to encourage the students to prepare their own healthy meals while learning about entrepreneurial skills in the process. The Food Truck Challenge required the groups of students to create themes, marketing plans, menus, and designs with a healthy twist in mind. Each group was also tasked with preparing and serving different types of foods from their menus to their peers to enhance their knowledge of kitchen etiquette and safety, teamwork, and customer service.
Some of the other highlights of the program included activities that were based on the MyPlate food guide, gardening, physical activity, and recreational/discretionary time.