Flavors of Health is a community nutrition and health education program in place to motivate and empower Louisianans to make healthy food and fitness choices to live a healthful life. The Flavors of Health Nutrition Agent provides expertise on a variety of topics that supports healthful eating patterns, including how to set realistic goals, make small changes in daily behaviors, transform healthy behaviors into healthy habits and select healthful foods.
Many nutrition workshops were held throughout the year at the West Carroll Parish Extension Office for both youth and adult clientele. Nutrition topics included Family Meal Prep, Slow Cooking 101, Nutrition Basics, Break Up with Salt and Stay Independent: A Healthy Aging series. Nutrition resource table was setup during the Back 2 School Bash in August. A Family and Consumer Science Advisory Leadership Council meeting was held in the spring to identify any needs and plans for the upcoming year as it relates to nutrition and health (information listed below).
West Carroll youth have the opportunity to participate in ever growing project clubs like shooting sports, livestock, heathy living, and leadership. Parish schools also participate in enrichment opportunities where the 4-H Agent provides educational curriculum and experiences including embryology, financial literacy, and wetlands.
Agriculture in West Carroll parish is as diverse as the soil types found in the parish. Production practices, irrigation strategies, and crop varieties that might maximize production in heavy alluvial soils off the Macon ridge will not show the same results as the sandy loam soils of the Macon Ridge. To address these diverse conditions and challenges AgCenter county agents work crop variety trials both on and off the Macon Ridge.
4-H Clubs, school enrichment, field days, publications, newsletters, class series, website, social media, and workshops.
98 volunteers from 4-H, Master Gardeners, family, and community.
LSU AgCenter county agents provide research-based information on plant and animal enterprises to West Carroll Parish residents. The total dollar amount from these commodities were: Animal enterprises, $5,274,019; plant enterprises, $55,763,585.
Land area — 361 square miles; Population —9,594; Population under 18 years old — 22.3%; Population 65 years old and over — 19.8%; Median household income — $42,050; Persons below poverty — 22.4%