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Health, fitness expo

WHAT: BREC’s Health and Fitness Expo

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 7

WHERE: North Sherwood Forest Community Park, 3140 N. Sherwood Forest Blvd.

COST/INFO: $10. (225) 272-9200, ext. 557, or email

DETAILS: The expo will include information vendors and sports demonstrations for children and teens as well as adults who want to stay in shape or get in shape. Athletic directors and coaches can also use this valuable information from top Division I programs to instill into their own programs. Presenters will include Lauren Reagan, LSU’s director of sport nutrition; Ben Jacobs, director of sports performance at the University of Louisiana at Monroe; and Jake Riedel, an assistant strength and conditioning coach at LSU.

Health symposium

WHAT: “One Health Symposium: Promoting Sustainable Communities” sponsored by Southern University

WHEN: April 12-13

WHERE: Southern University Law Center, SU campus

REGISTER/INFO: Free and open to the public.

DETAILS: The symposium will bring together various disciplines — medicine, veterinary medicine, public health, social sciences, nutrition, food science, engineering, agricultural and environmental sciences — with the goal of improving the health of people, animals and the planet. Sessions will include: Bacterial Diseases and Zoonosis; Community and Economic Development; Designing Health Communities; Developing a Healthy and Vibrant Food System in Louisiana; Diversity in the Health Care Field; Economics and Health Disparities; Environmental Health; Exercise, Weight Loss and Well-being; Health Equity; Healthy Child Development; Human Animal Bond; Human Disease Prevention and Intervention; Louisiana Opioid Epidemic; Mental Health Issues; Pet Equity; The Effects of Nutrition Policy on Population Health; The Science of Human Sense of Taste and Health Diet; True Care Health and Wellness, Healing with Herbs. A highlight of this symposium will be a ribbon-cutting for the SU Land-Grant Campus’ three institutes — the Southern Institute for One Health One Medicine, the Southern Institute for Medicinal Plants, and the Southern Institute for Food Science, Nutrition and Wellness.

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