Students from six parish 4-H clubs attended the Food and Fitness Mini-Camp at the Lutcher Park pavilion on Tuesday, October 14th. The camp was designed to encourage students to develop healthy eating habits and find creative ways to get the exercise they need to stay fit. Louisiana 4-H Food and Fitness Board member, Laynie Arceneaux, along with a team of St. James 4-H Junior Leaders and 4-H alumni, helped host the event, sharing information from recent state-wide Healthy Lifestyles training.
Students participated in a wide variety of "get fit" activities. Mrs. Susan Bailey taught dancing steps to the participants as part of her popular "Steppin' Up and Steppin' Out" cardio workshop. Students took their turn on Rock the Bike, the innovative way to use your own energy from peddling to blend healthy smoothies. Mr. Ken Guidry
introduced the group in the ABC's of Exercise and the junior leaders led the Candy Cone Exercise Challenge.
As part of the healthy eating initiative of the mini-camp, students were able to make and sample many treats. One station, called "Healthy Snacks to Give," gave the students ideas of healthy treats they could give to classmates at Halloween. Ideas included Candy Corn Trail Mix, Juice Box Mummies, and Satsuma Pumpkins. Another segment, entitled "Healthy Appetizers for Parties," encouraged students to help their parents plan healthy and attractive dishes to bring to upcoming holiday parties. The Candy Corn Parfait, the fruit-filled Horn of Plenty, and the Veggie Tray Turkey were some of the activities that students enjoyed.
The Food and Fitness Mini-Camp gave students a sampling of the kinds of activities planned for the state-wide 4-H Food and Fitness Camp, which will be held at Camp Grant Walker on March 20-22, 2015. Students, ages 10-13, and parents can plan to attend this exciting overnight camp. Sign-up will begin in early February through the St. James 4-H office