RPCC receives grant to fight childhood obesity

Staff reports

UnitedHealth Group has awarded $4,500 in grants to seven Louisiana-based youth-led organizations that have developed programs to fight childhood obesity in their communities, including one to River Parishes  Community in College in Sorrento.

RPCC is using its grant to expand its existing service-learning project into a semester-long Childhood Obesity for Community Health Initiative, which will provide students with a deeper understanding of their classroom lessons and engage them directly as members of the community.

Throughout the semester, students will design and distribute brochures about healthy living and childhood obesity, as well as host workshops at childcare facilities in underserved neighborhoods.

In nearby Luling, a $500 grant was awarded to The Green Miles initiative by the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration course at the St. Charles Parish Satellite Center to replant native trees along nature trails and scenic walks throughout the parish.

The goal in Luling is to improve residents’ quality of life issues such as health, fitness and beautification, while replanting trees lost during the recent hurricanes.