Baton Rouge selected to participate in national childhood-obesity program

Baton Rouge selected to participate in national childhood-obesity program

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge is one of seven cities selected to participate in a Learning Collaborative on Health Disparities.

Is it sponsored by the National League of Cities' (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education, and Families. The purpose of the collaborative process is to develop city-level strategies to reduce critical childhood obesity-related health disparities.

Childhood obesity is one of several areas that are included in Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden's Healthy City Initiative that encourages healthy eating and active lifestyles. The Initiative's programs include the Red Stick Mobile Farmers Market and the Healthy Corner Store Initiative that increase inner-city access to fresh fruit and produce, and active after-school programs that encourage children to minimize screen time and increase physical activity.

“The selection of Baton Rouge for this national project is due in part to the success of our Healthy City initiative, a program that we launched in response to the growing national obesity problem and the related chronic diseases,” Mayor Holden said.

Baton Rouge and the other six cities were chosen for the NLC Collaborative based on their documented health disparities, commitment and readiness to preventing childhood obesity-related health disparities and ability to form strong and diverse partnerships.

As a result of the Collaborative, the seven pilot cities will gain new insights on how health disparities are perceived in their communities and hear ideas from local policymakers and their community partners on how to increase access to affordable, healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity at the local level.

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