LSU launches virtual nutrition lessons

Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 9:54 AM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - LSU AgCenter is using technology to keep people informed about healthy living by launching virtual lessons. Assistant Nutrition Agent Kimberly Butcher said now more than ever it’s important people from all walks of life have access to nutrition education.

The lessons were developed by representatives from the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), Supplemental Nutrition Program Education (SNAP-Ed, and Flavors of Health nutrition program.

There are eight, 30-minute long, virtual lessons. They cover topics like healthy eating, exercising, and grocery shopping on a budget.

Butcher said this has been especially helpful for people living in low-income households.

“I know everyone is dealing with the pandemic and they’re dealing maybe with limited food resources or a limited budget. So we wanna provide opportunities for them to have that information and be able to plan those budget-friendly meals,” she said.

Butcher also said this has been more convenient for people who have had conflicting schedules and transportation issues that made it difficult to meet in-person.

Now, more people have access to this information than before.

“It now gives them an opportunity to just pick up their phone, or their computer, or something, smart tablet, anything like that and have access to these different lessons,” she said.

The lessons end with a virtual food demonstration. People can tune in via smartphone, computer, or tablet through a link that will be sent by an LSU nutrition agent. They can also participate by phone.

The West Monroe office can be reached at (318) 323-2251.

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