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SU Ag Center a partners to target health in rural, urban Louisiana - 12/6/2013 -

Two programs in Louisiana are targeting poor health profiles: Healthy Communities in West Carroll Parish and HealthyBR in East Baton Rouge Parish. Those parishes, located in nearly opposite ends of the state, may seem completely different. West Carroll Parish is rural, for instance, while East Baton Rouge Parish is urban. Southern and LSU extension agents in the parishes will focus on demonstrating the importance of being healthy.

Gina Eubanks, Southern University Ag Center vice chancellor for extension and LSU Ag Center associate vice chancellor, said Healthy Communities' goal is to enhance residentsí health from every angle -- eating habits, exercise, healthcare, recreational facilities, and food access.

Several initiatives fall under HealthyBR, including Fresh Beginnings, a three-year project that strives to increase healthy food access and promote health and fitness education.

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