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The Louisiana Obesity Prevention and Management Commission (LOPMC) is currently under Act 409 of the 2018 Regular Session. This legislation sought to bring together a small-dedicated group of advocates from public and private organizations to work collaboratively to address the obesity epidemic in Louisiana, which continues to be one of the most critical health concerns for the state.
The Commission organizes 4 quarterly meetings throughout the calendar year. Each meeting focuses on a specific priority area to educate and inform partners on obesity prevention and treatment strategies. The Commission’s priority areas were identified, voted on, and are re-evaluated annually by the appointed Commission Board Members.
The previous meeting, held on December 6th, addressed how to inform state and local elected officials on community interventions to combat obesity to reduce both the high human and economic costs. Senator Gerald Boudreaux, District 24, spoke to the alarming reality of obesity statistics in Louisiana. He called the Commission to act by empowering and engaging stakeholders, community members, and elected officials to focus their efforts on moving the needle toward increased obesity prevention opportunities in their local areas. Sarah Gillen, Louisiana Public Health Institute, spoke on the heavy burden that obesity has on our state. Representative Malinda White, District 75, addressed how legislative members can make an impact on improving the health of their community members. Lastly, Roedel Parsons, and Cary and Jonny Koch, shared how to engage elected officials in health initiatives.
Communities of all sizes can participate and create a culture of health for their residence! See how below. For additional information on the Louisiana Obesity Prevention and Management Commission, please visit http://www.wellaheadla.com/ObesityCommission
Did You Know?
- Obesity is a major contributor to several chronic health conditions in children and adults including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and more
- 35% of Louisiana adults are obese
- 35% of Louisiana students are overweight or obese
- Students who are overweight or obese are more likely to receive C's, D's, and F's than students who are not
- Half of students do not attend PE class once a week
MOVING LOUISIANA'S HEALTH FORWARD
Are you passionate about preventing obesity? Partner with us and show us how you are moving Louisiana’s health forward by getting involved in the LOPMC and promoting evidence-based obesity interventions in your community this New Year! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. Together, we can move Louisiana’s health forward!