Family Nutrition Workshop hosted by UnitedHealthcare and LSU AgCenter

Darian Graivshark
Claire Carbalan (left) and Ally Mills (right) show watching children how to peel carrots safely at the "Peeling Station."

Partnering together, UnitedHealthcare and the LSU AgCenter brought healthy eating tips to community families.

On January 5, at the Open Health Care Clinic in Baton Rouge, the two groups hosted a 4-H Food Smart Families Nutrition Workshop. For those who attended the event, it was requested that a canned food item be brought in for donation.

Many of the activities were presented by 4-H teen leaders, who are usually between the ages of fourteen and eighteen. 4-H Food Smart Families uses teens as teachers to provide nutrition facts, food budgeting info, meal-preparation programs, and help with engaging families with local events.

Since 2011, the UnitedHealthcare company has supported the 4-H Healthy Living program by providing almost $6 million dollars. The program has been done in seventeen different states.

"The 4-H Food Smart Families Nutrition Workshop has empowered teens to promote healthy eating and living,"CEO Allison Young of United Healthcare Community Plan of Louisiana said. "They help people in their communities live healthier lives."

The event included hands-on food preparation, food tastings, and judging with the five senses, meal budgeting, and healthy eating activities. Participants at the event were given a peeler, a yogurt-based ranch recipe, and some budget-friendly meal ideas to take home that day.

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