Major nutrition conference held in Baton Rouge

POSTED: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 5:15pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 6:06pm

National and state leaders meet in Baton Rouge today to tackle two problems which seem to be on opposite ends of the spectrum, hunger and childhood obesity.

The Central Regional Conference of Feeding America kicked off today at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Baton Rouge.

Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, along with U.S. Undersecretary of Food and Nutrition Kevin Concannon said say hunger and childhood obesity are two serious problems in this country, and through communication with food banks around the country, they're working toward important solutions.

"Many kids get most of their nutrition at school, so to that extent we can make those schools reduce the number of pizzas and tater tots, and make sure kids get healthy meals," said Concannon.

"Now more than ever, there are more Americans that are food insecure than in the last two generations, and that has to be told, and we have to do something about that," stated Strain.

The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is the host of the conference. The directors from food banks all across the central United States are also sharing ideas about addressing challenges including food safety and nutrition.

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