Over 600 children had free health screenings last school year.We need your support & participation to continue the Mission for Nutrition program.Thank you to WalMart Foundation for their contribution to the Mission for Nutrition Program.
Mission for Nutrition is a community outreach program that offers wellness screenings and nutritional education to head start centers and 4th/5th grade elementary students in Shreveport, LA. Students are screened for obesity, diabetes, & hypertension. The Odyssey Foundation provides the health screenings free of charge. Our Community Partner is LSU Health Sciences Center.
Mission for Nutrition benefits:
- Tracks body mass index
- Provides physician services
- Teaches healthy eating habits
- Encourages participation in physical fitness activities
- Builds self-esteem
- Each child receives a Mission for Nutrition kit to keep
The Child Health Screening Process
Health screenings are held during the school year. Two pediatricians and a medical assistant administer the screenings. The screenings take about an hour and fifteen minutes per twenty students.
Fit for Life
Students are benefiting from fitness through Fit for Life with world renowned fitness trainer Robert “Supermann” Blount.
Permission slips must be signed by a parent or legal guardian in order for the child to participate. A parent or legal guardian is welcome to attend the screenings. The school or child center must provide a seperate room for the screenings.
A letter is sent to the parent or legal guardian if any abnormalities are discovered in the screening. Parents may contact the screening pediatrician for a free consultation, or to seek a pediatrician of their choice.
The overall process is designed to be fun and educational.