Sunday, November 17, 2019

Youth Summit on Healthy Behaviors

The Rapides Foundation’s Youth Summit on Healthy Behaviors

The Youth Summit on Healthy Behaviors is a one day event for students to learn how to become advocates for healthy choices and policy change in their schools and communities.

The summit is hosted annually by The Rapides Foundation for Central Louisiana school districts participating in the Foundation’s Healthy Behaviors Initiative School District Partnership Grant.

The summit focuses on the themes #MoveMore #EatWell #LiveClean. The agenda for the day includes youth advocacy presentations, energizer breaks, and breakout sessions to educate summit participants on the issues of tobacco prevention, substance and alcohol abuse prevention, and healthy eating and active living. Presenters include nationally recognized advocates in these focus areas.

2018 Youth Summit Photo Gallery

2018 Advocacy Project: Smart Snacks in Schools

The 2018 Youth Summit on Healthy Behaviors was planned by a group of youth advocates from throughout Cenla who served on the Foundation’s Youth Advocacy Council. While serving on the council and planning the summit, members also learned leadership, team-building, research and public speaking skills. A key component of their work was to create an advocacy project to unveil at the summit for participants to take back to their schools to implement.

The 2018-19 advocacy project focuses on enforcement of USDA Smart Snacks Guidelines in schools. The goal of the project is for students to work within their schools to replace unhealthy foods in school concessions with healthy alternatives which follow the Smart Snacks Guidelines put in place by the USDA in July 2014.

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