Over the summer, LSU Agricultural Center Area Nutrition Agent Layne Langley conducted nutrition lessons with children attending a summer camp at Children Having a Spiritual Experience Daycare in West Feliciana Parish.

To teach them about nutrition and health, Langley used the “Happy, Healthy, Me ... Moving, Munching and Reading Around MyPlate” curriculum for 4- to 6-year-olds developed by the University of California’s Cooperative Extension Service.

Langley said children form lifetime dietary habits at a young age, and the early introduction of nutrition education can help them develop positive and healthful attitudes about food, physical activity and overall health.

“This nutrition and literacy curriculum helps children also become aware of food and nutrition by reading storybooks with food-related themes and by participating in hands-on nutrition lessons and physical activities,” Langley said. “The children seem to love the stories as well as the activities.”

Langley talked about the importance of fruits, grains, protein, snacks and vegetables during the camp.

Langley said the children were excited to help her prepare and taste the recipes made during each lesson. They sampled types of breads during the grains lesson, as well.

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