Legislative-Briefs-Government-actions-on-obesity

Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

February 2016

Louisiana Obesity Commission releases final report.
The Louisiana Obesity Prevention and Management Commission – formed through Act 580 during the 2014 Louisiana legislative session – officially sunsets this month. Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) has been an active delegate of the commission. For the past 18 months, the commission has met regularly to develop strategies to increase accountability, collaboration and delivery of health services. Its accomplishments include a statewide scan of obesity-related programs, research, and initiatives, and a policy analysis of obesity-related state legislation. The commission also developed a set of recommendations to the Louisiana Legislature encouraging increased communication and collaboration between legislators and public health experts, advocating for fiscal support to state-level public health strategies, and recommending better surveillance systems for tracking chronic disease indicators. The final report, including recommendations, can be found on the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals website.

State Complete Streets Advisory Council plans its course.
Formed in 2014, the Louisiana Complete Streets Advisory Council’s role is to advise Louisiana’s transportation agency on adopting and implementing a policy for complete streets, or roads that accommodate all users. The council met in February to discuss its objectives toward the implementation of a complete streets policy in Louisiana, as well as its requirement to report the group’s progress to the Louisiana legislature. The mission of the council is to advise the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development on adopting and maintaining a complete streets policy that balances access, mobility, health and safety needs of all users of the transportation system, develop performance measures and monitor implementation progress. To learn more about the council, visit its website by clicking here.
http://wwwsp.dotd.la.gov/Inside_LaDOTD/Divisions/Multimodal/Highway_Safety/Complete_Streets/Pages/default.aspx

Topics:   obesity , built environment , policy , health communication

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