Louisiana giving grants to 15 schools to tackle high obesity rate

MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Louisiana has been dealing with the state's high obesity rate for quite some time. According to State of Obesity, Louisiana ranks fifth in the country with the highest rate of adult obesity.

The state is now planning to bring those numbers down by encouraging schools to have a better healthy eating education. They are offering $5,000 in grants to 15 schools in the state that meet the qualifications for a nutrition program.

Monroe City Schools Child Nutrition Supervisor, Stephanie Weaver, says they're ready to start applying.

"Working with our teachers, as far as curriculum, explaining nothing but basic nutrition," Weaver says. "Things that we can work on with these kids and these parents and show them that there are healthier ways and alternatives for healthy living."

She says their goal is to teach kids more about what they're putting into their bodies.

"The more they're exposed, the more they can go home and tell mom, I tried this today, and ," Weaver says. "That's what we're trying to do... Get them to take it home with them."

However, parents can do their part too. Tim Hitt, who works at Fiesta Nutrition Center, says the education shouldn't stop at school.

"Meal prep is a super big deal. If you got a hectic schedule and you can do some things on Sunday, you can just bypass that drive-thru window."

Louisiana schools have until January 31, 2018 to send their applications for a grant.