Cenla students, teachers learn about making healthy choices

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - On Wednesday, over 600 students and teachers met in Central Louisiana for the ninth annual Youth Summit on Healthy Behaviors.

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Students from seventh to twelfth grade learned about becoming advocates for healthy choices, and policy change in their schools and communities.

Students participated in three break-out sessions, including healthy eating and active living, tobacco prevention and control, and alcohol and substance abuse prevention.

Leesville Freshman and Summit Leader Kathryn Keys said it’s all about learning how to have a healthy lifestyle both inside and outside the classroom.

"Being healthy is important. The tobacco prevention session and my favorite every year is the substance abuse session because they have all the panelists talking about how their personal stories or how they overcame things. It just shows me that living a healthy life is very important and not taking anything for granted,” said Keys.

The summit is part of the foundation’s Healthy Behaviors Initiative and is attended by students and teachers who are part of the school district partnership grant.

Participating school districts include Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Grant and a handful of others.

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