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Movin' 4 LIFE & Fit NOLA

The Tulane Prevention Research Center’s Movin 4 LIFE program will transition under the community sector of Fit NOLA, a partnership between the City of New Orleans and local organizations. Fit NOLA is currently working with two churches to expand the Bike 4 LIFE program. For those unfamiliar with Fit NOLA, here is an overview.

Fit NOLA was established in 2012 after the National program-Let’s Move. The initiative was created to address the rankings of health in New Orleans by the County Health Ranking system and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The health department and city officials analyzed the data released by the aforementioned organizations, specifically the rates of obesity and percentage of citizens meeting dietary and physical activity recommendations.

Fit NOLA is a partnership model based on systems-level policy and environmental change and works collaboratively with various sectors of health (Community, Business, Early Childhood, Healthcare, and Healthy Community Design, In and Out of School Sector). The sectors are filled with stakeholders from faith-based organizations (Baptist Community Ministries), college institutions (Tulane University & Tulane PRC), national organizations such as the American Heart Association and Humana, as well as community groups such as Ashe Cultural Arts Center. The sectors meet quarterly, and although some sectors have merged together based on need and capacity, each sector continues to focus on being a convener around health in their respective field.

Upcoming Events:

Fit NOLA partners with several organizations throughout the year to promote physical activity and active lifestyles in New Orleans at low or no cost. October is a special time in New Orleans in which it is warm enough to be outside, yet cool enough to not get heat rash. Fit NOLA is taking advantage of the cool temperatures of fall by participating in various health fairs and races. Please check our website, app or social media @nolahealthdept for more details. We are currently featuring two highlighted races for the month of October. The UNCF walk/run takes place on October 12, 2019, and the City will have its own team. If you would like to volunteer with the City or if you would like to walk/run during the race or virtually, please email Chandra Teddleton at the New Orleans Health Department. The UNCF race starts at 8:30 am in Audubon Park, October 12, 2019. The walk supports UNCF’s efforts as they continue to raise funds for students to get to and through college.

The support of UNCF and your investment will help thousands of other students realize their dream by getting a college education. For more information about UNCF and ways you can help, click here.

The second cycling and walking event in the month of October the City of New Orleans, Health Department, and Fit NOLA will partner with is Tour De Cure. The race, cycling event and overall wellness fair will take place October 26, 2019 along Lakeshore Drive. The entry is free and there will also be free health screenings aimed at prevention and early diagnosis of chronic illnesses. Join the City in its commitment to health October 26, 2019 at 8 am where our own Healthy Hero April Dupré is the honorary chair. For more information about the event, click here.

Remember: Stay Healthy!

If you would like to be a part of this ever-growing initiative, please email fitnola@nola.gov

-Chandra Teddleton

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