Legislative-Updates

Legislative Updates

Louisiana Obesity Commission publishes annual report
Since 2014, the Louisiana Obesity Prevention and Management Commission has been tasked by state lawmakers to address obesity statewide and its associated diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The commission recently presented its annual report to the state Legislature. The report, published in February 2018, includes recommendations for future Commission activities and highlights the Commission’s activities during the timeframe of April 2017-November 2017. Click here to view the report.

Safe Routes to School New Orleans is looking for school partners
The New Orleans Health Department Safe Routes program is accepting schools for its summer cohort of School Travel Safety Plans. Through this program schools receive assistance to engage their community, improve infrastructure around their campus and teach traffic safety. Schools can sign up throughout the month of April. For more information or to recommend a school for this program, please contact Meg Young, Safe Routes Coordinator, at meayoung@nola.gov.

Fit NOLA partners to promote public spaces for physical activity
Join National Park Service rangers, Friends of Lafitte Greenway, and the City of New Orleans Fit NOLA initiative for an afternoon of walking, wellness, and fun at a Walk with a Doc on the Lafitte Greenway to celebrate national Park Rx Day. The event will be at Lemann Playground #2 at the Greenway and North Roman Street in New Orleans, 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 22.
The event includes a-1.5 mile walk on the Greenway with Doc Eric Griggs, and finishes up with health screenings from Daughters of Charity, a live DJ from Power 102.9, and health vendors such as Market Umbrella, Ochsner, and the New Orleans Department of Health.
“Parks and other public lands provide pathways to healthier lifestyles. They offer nearby, accessible places to take a walk, spend time with family and friends, and enjoy a break from the stressors of everyday life,” said Aleutia Scott, Supervisory Park Ranger with the Barataria Preserve, Jean Lafitte National Historic Park & Preserve. “We know that an average of 22 minutes a day of physical activity – such as brisk walking – can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. A little investment of time in nature can pay big dividends.”
This free event is hosted by the National Park Service, as well as other partners such as The Trust for Public Land and GirlTrek New Orleans. For more information, call 504-382-7838 or visit www.nps.gov/jela.

The City of New Orleans continues Community Health Assessment data collection
The New Orleans Health Department and community partners are conducting a city-wide Community Health Assessment in order to identify the most pressing health issues facing New Orleans residents and opportunities for health improvement.
As of April 2018, over 800 survey responses have been collected from residents across the city, over 20 Key Informants have been interviewed, and 6 focus groups and 2 community events have been held. The Health Department will continue data collection activities until May and will be hosting a series of community meetings to present preliminary findings and solicit feedback. These meetings are expected in June. Stay tuned for more details by visiting the Health Department’s website here.
To take the survey, there are versions in both English and Spanish.
ENGLISH: www.surveymonkey.com/r/healthyNOLAforall
SPANISH: www.surveymonkey.com/r/NOLAsaludableparatodos

New Orleans food policy group creates newsletter to share updates
The New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee (FPAC) is launching a bi-monthly newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter, click here.
The Tulane PRC is a long-time supporter of FPAC’s work and sits on the Steering Committee.
To learn more about FPAC, visit nolafoodpolicy.org and to get involved, contact co-chair Elisa Munoz at elisa@nolafoodpolicy.org.

Topics:   community health , obesity , nutrition , physical activity , policy

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