St. Mary Parish 4-H’ers ‘COOK’ up recipes, fitness

Operation COOK Project Club had another exciting year, full of new recipes and fitness activities, according to Adriana Drusini, associate extension agent and St. Mary Parish 4-H youth development coordinator with the Louisiana State University AgCenter.

On Aug. 8, the group of “chefs” attended the last class of the year and received a certificate of completion and medal. Participants also earned a personalized, embroidered apron and chef’s hat as part of their graduation.

Louisiana 4-H was one of 15 states selected to receive Phase 2 of the Wal-Mart Foundation grant. The grant, titled “Fit 4 the Future: Youth Choice Youth Voice,” provided resources and opportunities for youth and their families to develop and maintain healthy lifestyles, which ultimately result in youth voice advocating for a fit future, Drusini said.

The state received $55,000 for this grant and has offered it out to parishes in mini-grants. St. Mary Parish 4-H received a small amount of this grant to be utilized in furnishing kitchen supplies and exercise tools to be used during the classes.

Anyone interested in signing up for the 2012-13 Operation COOK Project Club should attend a school 4-H Club meeting to get an enrollment form or visit and search for a 2012 St. Mary newsletter to find a registration form.

With pride Drusini said, “Congratulations to our new chefs!”

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