During a recent session of Camp Empowerment, Livingston Parish children learned about the importance of eating foods from the five food groups.

The camp was developed to provide youths in Denham Springs with the opportunity to advance in the arts, a news release said. The camp was open to prekindergarten through sixth-grade students and was held at the West Livingston Park.

On June 1, Layne Langley, LSU Agricultural Center area nutrition agent, introduced the campers to the MyPlate program and the five food groups. The younger campers participated in a MyPlate matchup game during which they learned which food group their food card was part of, while the older campers took part in a MyPlate relay where they raced to place plastic food models in colored buckets that represented the food groups. Campers then helped prepare a MyPlate Salad on the Go.

Langley returned to Camp Empowerment on June 9 to teach the children about the fruit and vegetables groups and the importance of eating them. She led the What Am I? game with the older campers. From the clues Langley provided, the youths had to guess the fruit or vegetable she was describing. The younger campers participated in a Snack Attack game, where they had to perform certain exercises, depending on the color of their fruit or vegetable card.

A highlight of the program was preparation of the Magical Fruit Salad, she said.

For more information about nutrition programs conducted by the LSU AgCenter in Livingston Parish, call Langley at (225) 686-3020 or email lalangley@agcenter.lsu.edu.