LSU AgCenter gets $1.25M for project to improve rural health
BATON ROUGE- The LSU AgCenter and three partners have a two-year, $1.25 million federal grant for research and outreach to reduce obesity and chronic diseases in three rural Louisiana parishes: Madison, St. Helena and Tensas.
AgCenter dietitian Denise Holston-West says those parishes have some of Louisiana's highest rates of poverty and obesity. A news release Thursday said the project will work to improve access to nutritious foods and healthy recreation, and to help people learn healthy behavior.
Working with the AgCenter are the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is paying for projects through land-grant universities in states where counties have obesity rates of at least 40 percent.