Healthy fun for Head Start students _lowres

Photo provided by Layne Langley -- Head Start paraprofessional LaShonda Franklin's classroom at the West Feliciana Parish Family Service Center in St. Francisville participated in several nutrition lessons during the 2014-15 school year taught by Layne Langley, LSU Agricultural Center nutrition agent. The children learned about making healthy food choices, the importance of exercise and why they should eat fruit and vegetables every day.

This year, Head Start students at the West Feliciana Parish Family Service Center in St. Francisville participated in a series of nutrition programs led by LSU Agricultural Center Area Nutrition Agent Layne Langley.

Youth learned about making healthy choices, the importance of exercise, and why they should eat fruits and vegetables daily.

The highlight of each visit was seeing the OrganWise Guys, a cast of characters that help young children understand physiology and healthy behaviors through books, games, dolls and informational videos, Langley said.

The OrganWise Guys include characters such as Calci M. Bone, Hardy Heart, the Kidney Brothers, Luigi Liver, Madame Muscle and Peter Pancreas, and reside in a large doll called Little Organ Annie.

For some of the lessons, Langley brought different foods or snacks for the children to sample.

“The whole-grain cereal was well-liked as were the blueberries, grapes and raspberries, which were the perfect food for a lesson called ‘Concentrating on Fruits and Vegetables,’ ” said Langley, “but yogurt was perhaps what the children found the tastiest.”

Langley said she’ll continue to work with Head Start youth during the summer.

For information about LSU AgCenter nutrition programs, call Langley at (225) 635-3614 or email lalangley@agcenter.lsu.edu.