Baton Rouge, LA — Wednesday, October 24 is National Food Day, and Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden and the partners from his Healthy Baton Rouge Initiative will join forces with Congressman Bill Cassidy, Glasgow Middle School, the LSU Ag Center, local restaurants, health clubs, healthcare providers and other supporters to teach students how to eat healthier and lead a more active lifestyle.
Mayor Holden is scheduled to make a presentation observing National Food Day at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 24 at Glasgow Middle School, 1676 Glasgow Avenue.
As part of the program, a group of Glasgow Middle School seventh-grade students known as the “Edugators” will host a Food Day Expo from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. that day to demonstrate how to eat healthier and how to help curb childhood obesity.
The Food Day Expo will be set up in a convention-style setting, so that Glasgow Middle School students and their parents can go from table to table sampling healthy food options from local restaurants. Other tables will be staffed by representatives from local fitness clubs, the LSU Ag Center and local health-care providers who will talk about the importance of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle.
In addition, the Glasgow students will show off their fall organic garden that they planted on the school grounds.
Mayor Holden is scheduled to address the school's eighth graders in a special assembly at 9:30 a.m. Congressman Bill Cassidy is scheduled to address the other grades beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Earlier this month, Glasgow Middle School kicked off a highly competitive food drive to benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. As of October 18, the Glasgow students had collected more than 500 cans of food in less than a week.
Fourteen other schools from various districts in East Baton Rouge Parish, including East Baton Rouge Parish School District, the Recovery School District, Charter and Private schools, will also be participating in Healthy Food Drives to benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Four representatives from the Food Bank will be present at Glasgow Middle to accept the healthy food, and the other 14 schools will be recognized as well for their efforts to provide greater nutrition education to their students.
Besides Glasgow Middle, schools participating in the food drive include Glen Oaks Park Elementary, Southdowns Pre-K Center, Shenandoah Elementary, Mentorship Academy, Greenbrier Elementary, Jefferson Terrace Elementary, Bel Air High, Northeast Elementary, Career Academy, Lanier Elementary, Crestworth Learning Academy, Woodlawn Middle, Westdale Middle and St. Aloysius School.
Many of those schools will also observe National Food Day by working in learning gardens, creating “junk food hall of shames” and “healthy food hall of fames,” teaching health and nutrition lessons in classrooms, and holding taste tests of healthy foods at their respective campuses.