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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

August 2015

Louisiana moves forward with farm to school plans
Fifty participants gathered at Langston Hughes Academy in New Orleans mid-July for a Southeast regional Farm to School meeting led by Louisiana State University’s AgCenter, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Louisiana Farm to School Alliance. The meeting brought together school staff, nutrition and gardening advocates, policymakers, and community members to plan how to better connect locally grown food to students. Participants developed action plans for three farm to school arenas: procurement of local foods, school gardens, and experiential nutrition education. The Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) is leading the procurement action plan by researching strategies that have been successful at helping schools bridge strong connections with local growers.
To learn more about the Louisiana Farm to School Alliance, visit www.louisianafarmtoschool.org. To learn more about the USDA’s farm to school grants, lick here.”:http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/farm-school-grant-program. To learn more about the LSU AgCenter’s work, visit www.lsuagcenter.com.

New Healthy Hero awards highlight local stories of fitness success
To celebrate community members who are leading healthy efforts across New Orleans, the city's Fit NOLA initiative and Whole Foods Market together launched Healthy Hero. The Healthy Hero program gives New Orleans residents an opportunity to receive recognition for their work in creating a culture of health within the metro area. Fit NOLA, based within the New Orleans Health Department, and Whole Foods Market aim to improve health outcomes for residents by promoting the resources and opportunities to access physical activity and improve nutritional habits.
Each month, residents are invited to nominate a Healthy Hero for a chance to be selected as that month's winner. As a Healthy Hero, awardees will receive recognition from the Fit NOLA partnership, a Whole Foods Market gift card paired with a healthy eating tour of Whole Foods Market's Broad Street location, and a complimentary entry into the Humana Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans marathon, half marathon or 10k races.
Eric and Maleka Beal, who have shed a combined 300 pounds, were named the July 2015 Healthy Hero awardees. Through the creation of their company Better Choices Co., Eric and Maleka bridge the gap on nutrition and physical activity at Anytime Fitness (Gentilly) and with Xavier University's Healthy Eats Program. The June 2015 Healthy Hero was Tiffany Martinez, a Resident Services Coordinator from the 9th Ward of New Orleans. Tiffany works to assist residents living in Algiers and New Orleans East obtain proper nutritional and fitness support.
To learn more about the Healthy Hero initiative or apply to be a Healthy Hero, visit "www.nola.gov/health.":http://www.nola.gov/health-department/fit-nola/healthy-hero/

Topics:   obesity , nutrition , diet , physical activity , policy

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