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Policy Preview: Changing Habits Where Food Is Heritage

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  One of the toughest sells of healthy eating in Louisiana is putting aside the rich, flavorful foods the region is known for.  Cooking methods, seasonings, and traditional ingredients, have become a staple for many families. 

"If we can get parents to understand the reason to make changes, that a healthy lifestyle is helpful in preventing chronic diseases, they can teach their children and we can change the family," says Donna Davis, a nutritionist with the Department of Health & Hospitals.

Davis says a number of young mothers she works with don't see a problem with their weight.  She feels helping them understand the long-range effects of a consistently poor diet is a starting point to creating better habits.

Davis serves as a panelist Tuesday during KEDM's Policy And A Pint.  A discussion on obesity begins at 5 p.m. at the Fieldhouse on Highway 165 in Monroe.

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