The LSU AgCenter and the Mayor-President Kip Holden’s Healthy Baton Rouge initiative are joining forces Monday, which is National Food Day, to teach elementary students how to maintain a healthier diet.

Students from six elementary schools are also conducting a food drive to benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, according to a city-parish news release.

Holden, Dr. Bobby Fletcher, assistant director and southeast regional director of the LSU Ag Center, Mike Manning, president and CEO of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, and Extension Agent Sharman Charles will lead a special program to teach students about healthy eating at 11 a.m. at Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School, 2000 College Drive.

As part of the program, Westdale Heights also will be hosting a Body Walk exhibit to teach elementary students how different types of food affect the human body.

The six schools participating in Monday’s programs are Northwestern Elementary in Zachary, and Lanier, Progress, Villa del Rey, Bernard Terrace and Westdale Heights Academic Magnet elementaries.