The Wal-Mart Basis works with the LA 4-H Tech Membership in Baton Rouge to show youngsters how to decide on wholesome meals

Izzy Gruner, 4-H Tech Club member and leader of the Healthy Living Project, teaches Big Buddy Children where to find healthy food.

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Brittany Husser, Assistant Extension Agent at 4-H Youth Development, guides the Big Buddy kids through an activity to learn about healthy food choices.

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Big Buddy Children choose healthy ingredients in trail mix.

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Vibriyogn Epuri leads the Big Buddy kids into a healthy plate activity.

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4-H Tech Club member Katherine Winchester leads the Big Buddy kids on a healthy plate activity.

LA 4-H Tech Club members presented their Healthy Living Workshop to the youth and took the opportunity to use technology to meet local needs.

BATON ROUGE, LA, UNITED STATES, July 6, 2021 / – Working with the Wal-Mart Foundation, the LA 4-H Tech Club presented its Healthy Living Workshop on Monday as part of the Big Buddy program. June 7th and Thursday June 10th. The Big Buddy program’s mission is to nurture and inspire our youth by building a loving community of mentor relationships. Mentors working with Big Buddy aim to provide a positive role model to inspire good decisions and, in return, healthy and rewarding lives. The members of the 4-H Tech Club, sponsored by the Global Geospatial Institute, a not-for-profit, tried to help the Big Buddy program achieve its mission.

The LA 4-H Tech Club, comprised of a team leader and youth, identified education for healthy living as a shortage in Louisiana and used geographic information systems (GIS) technology to meet local needs. Team Members Izzy Gruner, Katherine Winchester and Susanna Shields (St. Joseph’s Academy), Jane Zaruba (Home-Schooled), Adult Volunteer Leaders; Vibriyogn Epuri, GIS Technician, and Fran Harvey, Director of the Global Geospatial Institute, team up with Brittany Husser, Assistant Extension Agent of 4-H Youth Development, to help improve their community. Based on the ongoing project of the national GIS / GPS leadership team “Where’s the food?” As inspiration, the team has created engaging healthy living activities and lessons for the Big Buddy youth.

The Where’s the Food? Project incorporates a variety of GIS technologies (including Esri’s ArcGIS Survey123, Dashboard, and numerous maps) to help the Baton Rouge community visualize problems and solutions to diet / health complications in their residential area. As part of Where’s The Food ?, the Louisiana 4-H Tech Club is committed to helping people find healthy food in their neighborhood; So the club took the opportunity to teach Big Buddy youth about healthy living. The club saw the partnership with Big Buddy as an opportunity to bring up today’s youth in a different light through the eyes of a mentor and friend.

Anyone interested in answering the critical question, “Where’s the food?” can find the answer using mapping tools the students have developed. Individuals can access these cards using their portable electronic devices and desktop computers.

To learn more about this amazing youth work, or for students looking to join the club, contact: Vibriyogn Epuri, Founding Member of the Louisiana 4-H Tech Club, at la4htechclub @ or call the Global Geospatial Institute 225- 939-1091. GGI, under the direction of Fran Harvey, GISP, sponsors the Louisiana 4-H Tech Club on a state and national level. More information is available at

About 4-H and the Global Geospatial Institute (GGI)

4-H is a community of American youth learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills through non-formal, research-based experimental educational activities. The Louisiana 4-H, Youth Development Program, offers teens the opportunity to interact with science, engineering, and technology through hands-on demonstrations, problem solving, personal projects, and career exploration. In cooperation with the LSU Ag Center 4-H and GGI, GGI offers training courses to raise awareness of GIS, flying drones and more.

Media contacts:
Fran Harvey [email protected] 225-939-3907
Abbey Miller [email protected] 225-939-1091
Fran Harvey
Global Geospatial Institute
+1 225-939-1091
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Fran Harvey
Global Geospatial Institute
+1 225-939-3907
email us here

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