Students across Louisiana will soon learn the importance of eating healthy and the dangers of eating disorders with a new element being added to the curriculum. Nutrition education is all part of a new state law requiring students to be educated about eating disorders. Jacqueline Richard, Director of the Calcasieu School Nutrition Program says though eating disorders aren’t new, the way we discuss them is changing.

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Richard explained the school board is taking the initiative to change that perception starting with this year's curriculum addition. She said, “I think if anything, it highlights the importance of having the conversation. You know there’s opportunities, there’s always been opportunities to have nutrition education in our schools."

Starting with the new school year, students in 6-12 grade will learn about eating healthy and how to avoid the dangers of eating disorders. Calcasieu Parish teachers will teach Nutrition Education courses modeled after the LSU Ag Center program,“Health Rocks” program. For more information or questions regarding the new curriculum on nutrition, contact Jacqueline Richard.

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