What do you get when you bring together adult education students, parents of Early Head Start and Head Start children of the West Feliciana Family Services Center for a nutrition program?

You get a nutrition series filled with lessons, activities, games, tastings and food demonstrations, said Layne Langley, LSU Agricultural Center nutrition agent, who conducts the program.

For the past three months, the adult education class at the Family Services Center in St. Francisville has been learning about the MyPlate nutrition guide and the five food groups, as well as why it’s important to make half of the food on their plates servings of fruits and vegetables, Langley said.

MyPlate is the nutrition guide published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A food circle or pie chart depicting a place setting with a plate and glass divided into five food groups replaces the USDA’s previous pyramid food diagrams.

Program participants were taught the benefits of switching to skim or 1 percent milk.

“To extend the lessons, the students and parents participated in hands-on food demonstrations, made quesadillas, a fruit cobbler called Rise and Shine and a snack known as honey milk balls,” Langley said.

The LSU AgCenter nutrition program met again Dec. 12 at Bains Lower Elementary.

To learn about the adult education nutrition programs, call Langley at (225) 635-3614 or email lalangley@agcenter.lsu.edu

The program is open to anyone interested in learning about nutrition.