LSU Science Café: Demystifying School Lunch

November 20, 2023

Pennington Biomedical’s Cathy Carmichael to offer insight into school lunch on Nov. 28

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BATON ROUGE – From mystery meat to the lunch lady, Pennington Biomedical Research Center registered dietitian Cathy Carmichael will offer insight into the challenges and joys of school lunch at the LSU Science Café, on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The event will take place from 5-7 p.m. at the Varsity Theatre, 3353 Highland Road in Baton Rouge.

Research shows that children who eat school lunch consume more fruits and veggies than those who don’t eat school lunch. Carmichael will share information on the importance of taste, nutrition, presentation and the school nutrition professionals serving school meals in this enlightening talk.

Carmichael is a registered dietitian at Pennington Biomedical, where she is one of the leaders of the Child Nutrition Team. She manages the Louisiana Fit Kids program aimed to increase access to healthy food and promote student wellness.

The LSU Science Café is open to the public and advance registration through Eventbrite is recommended. If you are attending in-person, please print your registration ticket or have it available on your electronic device upon arrival. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the talk begins at 6 p.m.

If you are attending virtually, access to the live event will be available through Facebook Live. A Facebook account is not required to view the event livestream. The event broadcast will be closed captioned, and a recording of the event will be made available on the LSU Research YouTube channel shortly after the event.

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About the Pennington Biomedical Research Center
The Pennington Biomedical Research Center is at the forefront of medical discovery as it relates to understanding the triggers of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and dementia. Pennington Biomedical has the vision to lead the world in promoting metabolic health and eliminating metabolic disease through scientific discoveries that create solutions from cells to society.  The Center conducts basic, clinical, and population research, and is affiliated with LSU.

The research enterprise at Pennington Biomedical includes over 480 employees within a network of 40 clinics and research laboratories, and 13 highly specialized core service facilities. Its scientists and physician/scientists are supported by research trainees, lab technicians, nurses, dietitians, and other support personnel. Pennington Biomedical a state-of-the-art research facility on a 222-acre campus in Baton Rouge.

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