Louisiana obesity prevention and management commission

Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., close behind smoking. It contributes to a variety of chronic conditions that include heart disease, stroke, diabetes and certain cancers. While smoking has been steadily declining since the 1960's, obesity has become a national epidemic, with prevalence nearly tripling from 11.6% in 1990 to 29.8% today. The Louisiana Obesity Prevention and Management Commission was created to combat this epidemic in our state, which is currently ranked the most obese in the nation at 35.5%.1


In response to ACT 580 during the 2014 Louisiana Legislative Session, the Louisiana Obesity Prevention and Management Commission (LOPMC) was signed into law June 9, 2014 by the Governor. 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.  According to 2016 BRFSS data, 35.5% of adults in Louisiana are obese. That is up from 22.6% in 2000 and from 12.3% in 1990. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer - all of which are persistent leading causes of death in Louisiana.


LOPMC Members

The Louisiana Obesity Prevention and Management Commission members include: Healthier Southwest Louisiana, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Tulane Prevention Research Center, Movin' For Life, Louisiana Department of Education, LSU Ag Center, Well-Ahead Louisiana, and the Louisiana Department of Health.      





Featured Community Highlight

As a result of education and advocacy efforts by the Partnership for a Healthier Southwest Louisiana, the City of Lake Charles recently passed a Complete Streets Policy. That policy is already translating in to healthier infrastructure improvement. Check out video and press release from The City of Lake Charles below!

Bike paths will soon connect Prien Lake Road with the downtown area and I-10 along Kirkman Street. Another trail is being striped along Pujo Street between Kirkman and Bilbo Streets.  Mayor Nic Hunter says it is the beginning of many trails the city hopes to construct over the next several years. The project is part of an effort to implement the city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, which was approved by the City Council and addresses some of the initiatives stemming from the City’s recently adopted Completed Streets policy. “Many of these bike paths can be created simply by restriping our existing roadways. We’ve identified the paths most likely to be used by cyclists and have matched them with roadways that need restriping, so that many of these trails can be created without additional dollars. They’re streets that we can use more efficiently,” stated Mayor Nic Hunter. To accommodate the new trail, Pujo Street will be restriped into a one-lane road between Kirkman and Bilbo Streets explained Planning Director Mike Huber. A parking lane will be added on the north side of Pujo between the bike lane and the curb. “Lake Charles is going to be a more livable, more walkable, more bikeable community,” said Huber. “We’re trying to support that with the addition of bike lanes annually.” Some stretches of Kirkman won’t allow for a bike lane, so a shared lane for cars and bicyclists will be implemented for those areas. The city plans to add more bike paths in future years. The goal is to extend the Kirkman Street path down to McNeese Street, creating a corridor that smaller paths can join. The Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan can be reviewed at www.cityoflakecharles.com. For more information, please contact 337-491-1429.”  

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1 America's Health Rankings, 2017 Annual Report