Government-Briefs-Actions-on-obesity

Government Briefs: Actions on obesity

New childhood obesity and diabetes research clinic opens in Louisiana
Louisiana researchers launched a new center in January called the Translational Research Clinic for Children (TReCC) to study childhood obesity.
The research clinic, housed at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, offers a youth-friendly environment for children and adolescents to participate in research studies aimed at improving health and reducing childhood obesity, according to a press release from Pennington. The TReCC clinic will underscore the importance of physical activity, nutrition, behavioral and pharmaceutical research studies.
The $6.4 million in funding for the newly renovated building that houses the research clinic was provided by the Louisiana state government, according to a press release from Pennington. The new research program and clinic is housed in the heart of the campus, in 14,000 square feet of repurposed space with an outdoor playground, a demonstration kitchen, and exercise and activity rooms with child-sized equipment and video screens for fitness games.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and state officials joined LSU President F. King Alexander and Pennington Biomedical leaders William Cefalu and Peter Katzmarzyk for the clinic’s ribbon cutting.
For more about Pennington’s new childhood obesity research clinic, visit the TReCC website.

Louisiana Healthy Communities Coalition seeks advisory board members
Louisiana Healthy Communities Coalition, a statewide coalition that strives to improve the health and quality of life for Louisianans by building healthy communities, will be forming an advisory board comprised of 12 to 20 members from across the state.
As part of a federal Community Transformation Grant to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, the advisory board will provide expertise on improving health outcomes, serve as a link to community members, provide programmatic input, increase community participation and awareness, and assist in strategic planning.
The coalition is seeking applicants with experience in one or more of the following areas: chronic disease, school health, rural health, insurance, mental health, social justice, infectious disease, maternal and child health, policy, minority health or LGBTQ issues.
Applications for the advisory board are due electronically by February 28, 2014. Board members will be announced on March 14, 2014. Contact the Healthy Communities Executive Committee at lhcc@lphi.org or visit www.healthylouisiana.org for additional information.

Fit NOLA revamps its structure
In the summer of 2012, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu launched the Fit NOLA partnership with the goal of making New Orleans on of the nation’s top ten fittest cities by 2018, the city’s 300th anniversary. The partnership now includes more than 180 organizations, from national and local businesses to academic institutions to community based organizations.
In Fall 2013, Fit NOLA revised the focus of its committees, which carry out the partnership’s work. Now the Fit NOLA partnership consists of six sectors focused on different areas of health improvement: Active Community Design, School and Out-of-School Time, Health Care, Business, Early Childhood, and Community. Each sector has a volunteer chair who hosts quarterly meetings to guide a sentinel project tied to reaching Fit NOLA’s overall goal.
For more information about Fit NOLA, visit the New Orleans Health Department website.

(Posted January 2014)

Topics:   obesity , policy , community health , built environment , food environment

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