Content tagged “Children”

Pennington launches childhood obesity and diabetes research program

Gov. Bobby Jindal joined officials at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center today as they opened a new front in the battle on childhood obesity with announcement of the Childhood Obesity and Diabetes Research Program and the opening of a newly renovated space on the campus off Perkins Road for the program's activities. The state provided $6.4 million in funding for the renovated facilities—part research lab and part education center—called the Translational Research Clinic for Children, or TReCC for short. Researchers at the facility will explore new ways of preventing, treating and managing childhood obesity. "The funding for the TReCC has allowed Pennington Biomedical to retain 19 direct jobs for pediatric studies, and the investments are expected to create more jobs in the future as grants are obtained," the governor's office says in a statement released today. "This investment in Pennington Biomedical is not only an investment in research; it is a continued...

Children's Gallery closing its doors on Bluebonnet

After almost two years in business at 8645 Bluebonnet Blvd., baby boutique The Children's Gallery is closing its doors at the end of this month. The owners hope to reopen at some point, possibly in a new location. "We want to take the business in a different direction," says owner Christopher Bond, "so we're going to close it down to regroup and eventually reopen it." Bond says he's terminated his lease for the 2,500-square-foot space the store has operated in since March 2012, effective Jan. 31. Charlie Colvin of Beau Box Real Estate, who represents the approximately 6,600-square-foot retail center in which The Children's Gallery is located—alongside Style Salon & Spa and The Bar Method—says a few potential tenants have shown interest in the space being vacated, but he hasn't yet signed a lease agreement. While Bond and business partner Joel Fruge may reopen the boutique, Bond says they are selling off all inventory in the meantime at 30% to 60% off. The business...

The business of feeding the hungry

Click here to see a photo gallery by Tim Mueller.
By 9 a.m. on a recent Wednesday morning, the line is 30-deep at Hope Ministries' food pantry on Winbourne Avenue in Baton Rouge. Men and women of a range of ages sit on a long bench outside one of the buildings on the former church campus.

Kim Bowman

Bella Bowman only spent eight years on this Earth, but her impact will be felt for many years to come. Her mother, Kim, wouldn't have it any other way.

Kristy Andries

Kristy Andries often says her entire family was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on August 25, 2001. That was the day she learned her 17-year-old son, Bradley, had the disease.

Audit says La. lax in its oversight of WIC program

A new audit says Louisiana's public health office has done a poor job of monitoring a federal nutrition program that provides food to poor women and children. The Associated Press reports Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office reviewed the Office of Public Health's administration of the program known as WIC. The audit says OPH didn't verify grocery prices charged through the program, overpaid for food, didn't follow regulations governing the program and often didn't sanction vendors for unsanitary conditions in stores or expired products on shelves. The Department of Health and Hospitals, which oversees OPH, requested the review of the program, which cost $126 million in the 2012 fiscal year. OPH uses self-reported sales data and store location information to assign vendors to seven different tiers dictating what prices vendors can charge for WIC foods. The audit says OPH assigned 43% of WIC vendors to an incorrect tier. "As a result," the audit says, "vendors may have...

Most La. households on food stamps will see cuts in November

Most of the nearly 388,000 households in Louisiana that receive food stamps will be hit with a drop in their aid Friday, when a temporary boost in the federal benefit disappears. The Associated Press reports the reduction depends on household size and whether the family currently receives the maximum food stamp amount allowed under the law for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, called SNAP. The cuts range from $11 each month for a one-person household getting the maximum aid to $43 for a household with five people—about a 5% reduction—according to the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, or DCFS. The federal stimulus bill passed by Congress in 2009 temporarily increased the maximum amount of food stamp aid that people could receive. The increase falls away at the start of November for food stamp programs in all states. "The state of Louisiana cannot prevent or change the decrease in SNAP benefits. The decrease is required by federal law,...

La. continues WIC despite federal budget battle

Louisiana will continue operating a nutrition program for more than 140,000 low- to moderate-income women and children even though the federal government is in the midst of a partial shutdown. The Department of Health and Hospitals says Louisiana's Women, Infants and Children Program, commonly called WIC, will be funded until the end of October, using money set aside from the prior fiscal year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture previously advised DHH the money was unavailable during the federal government shutdown. On Wednesday, the USDA contacted DHH and said the funds would be reallocated for use in the current fiscal year. As a result, DHH says it will provide WIC participants with a full month of benefits for October—not a partial month as participants were previously told. Those who received partial benefits earlier this week will have to return to their local WIC office to receive the rest of their October benefits. Additionally, the program will be able to accept new...

Upward mobility a challenge for children in Capital Region

If you are born in the Baton Rouge area to parents whose earnings fall in the bottom fifth of the income scale, there’s only a roughly 7% chance your earnings as an adult will be in the top fifth among your peers. That’s according to a new study—based on millions of anonymous earnings records and being released this week by a team of top academic economists—that The New York Times reports is the first with enough data to compare upward mobility across metropolitan areas. "Where you grow up matters," says Nathaniel Hendren, a Harvard economist and one of the study’s authors. "There is tremendous variation across the U.S. in the extent to which kids can rise out of poverty." Climbing the income ladder occurs less often in the Southeast and industrial Midwest, the data shows. While the chance for upward mobility is greater in Baton Rouge than major Southern cities such as New Orleans (approximately 6% of those born to families in the bottom fifth...

Camp tales

The summer that Julia George Moore was 9 years old, her parents shipped her off to Camp Mountain Lake in Tracey City, Tenn. By herself. For four weeks. Her mom, Beth Courtney, was a capital correspondent; her dad, Steve George, was an attorney for the Louisiana Legislature; and they both spent the first half of June working long, erratic hours covering the legislative session.

The blink of an eye

The older and wiser warn: “It goes by in the blink of an eye.”

Standing tall

Support your local lemonade stand. Because it's about a lot more than just water, sugar and lemons.

Devoted Dads

In honor of Father's Day on June 16, we found five devoted Baton Rouge dads to discuss with 225 some popular misconceptions about their roles, to hear their advice for other busy parents and to find out how they connect with their children.

Summer camps kicking off

School might be out, but that doesn't mean Baton Rouge is lacking of choice programs for the kids. Manship Theatre will host the Forward Arts' WordPlay Teen Writing Project starting next Monday. The workshop is for youth ages 13-19, and participants will learn about writing and performing spoken word poetry as well as the culture of slam poetry. Workshops take place Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 6 p.m.-8 p.m. through June 28. Registration is $100 per student. For more information, visit The LSU Hilltop Arboretum will host its Summer Sprouts Camp for children ages 4-7. The camp will explore the grounds as campers learn about plants and animal life. Registration is $225 for Hilltop members, $260 for non-members. For more information, click here.

Youth Ballet: A Midsummer Night's Dream starts next week

Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre tackles William Shakespeare's classic comedy with performances around the area next week. The Youth Ballet performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream kick off at 10 a.m. next Monday at Carver Branch Library. Most performances are free and open to the public. A fundraising performance at The Dancers' Workshop (Map it!) will be next Saturday. Tickets for this performance are $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, including an entire schedule, click here.

Viewing and Doing Art! at LASM

If your children want to explore their inner artists, the Louisiana Art & Science Museum might have just the event this weekend. LASM will host a Viewing and Doing Art! class at 10:30 a.m., where children ages 6-12 can create their own paper. Participation is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The program is included with general admission. For more information, click here.

Local camps for critter-loving kids

If your children are ready to go wild this summer, BREC offers a variety of camps that allow kids to experience animal encounters and appreciate nature.

'225 Weekender': Be a part of the story at the Storybook Ball

Family Road of Greater Baton Rouge is hosting a whimsical gala for the entire family this weekend. The fifth annual Storybook Ball kicks off at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Baton Rouge River Center. The event will feature classic stories, such as The Jungle Book, Where the Wild Things Are, Harry Potter and more. Each book will have its own station full of interactive activities. The Young Band Nation Blues Project, Tim the Magician, stilt walkers and more will also be on hand. Proceeds benefit Family Road. Children's tickets are $20; adult tickets are $60. Specials and reserved tables are also available for purchase here. Get the lowdown on more local happenings taking place this weekend in the new 225 Weekender e-newsletter here.

BREC to bring the fun to 'play deserts' this summer

A new mobile playground will be making its way through the parish this summer. The newly purchased BREC on the Geaux vehicle will begin making appearances in June, bringing supervised physical recreation to "play deserts." BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight says the initiative will bring exercise and physical play to both children and adults who otherwise might not have access to such facilities. "We have several areas throughout the parish … where there are kids who are in apartment complexes or … some places where you have to cross major thoroughfares to get to a park," McKnight says. "We want to make sure that we are able to impact kids in those zones." McKnight says she hopes to eventually link BREC on the Geaux with a mobile farmers market launched on Wednesday and the library system's Bookmobile. "That would be something that I think would be just awesome,"...

Celebrate Lemonade Day Saturday

Lemonade Day Louisiana is this Saturday, and all around town, young entrepreneurs will be selling their take on the classic drink. The event is part of a national and community-wide program that fosters entrepreneurship and character development among the youth by supporting them in establishing and operating their own lemonade business. To find a stand near you and see what kind of lemonade the stand is selling, click here.

Sticking around

It's been called the “fastest game on two feet” and likened to battling with a sword and suit of armor. Others say it has an “X Games” feel with its quick tempo and hard hits. It's no wonder, then, that boys in Baton Rouge are embracing the sport of lacrosse in increasing numbers. The only real question is, what took them so long?

The Golden Years

I have reached the summit. Let me bask in the glow. For I know that this day is fleeting, my time on the top is short. I shall raise my arms and swirl in circles, Julie Andrews-style, while singing on the mountaintop: I have hit the Golden Years.

Working Moms

In honor of Mother's Day on May 12, 225 spoke to five dynamic working moms in Baton Rouge to hear their challenges, their motherly advice, and their tips for connecting with their children and holding it all together.

AgCenter event for all ages

Adults and children alike will gain perspective on how everyday staples arrive in their kitchens at AgMagic! Held Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Parker Coliseum, this LSU AgCenter event will illustrate the fascinating transitions of Louisiana crops through various displays and interactive demonstrations. Exhibits such as "World of Wonder" and "Farm Gate to Dinner Plate" will introduce attendees to the journey of Louisiana agriculture from the fields to their homes. The event is free and open to the public.