Louisiana Obesity Commission

Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., with prevalence rates nearly tripling from 12.3% in 1990 to 36.2% in 2018. Obesity is a major contributor to serious health conditions in children and adults, including type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other diseases. Rates of obesity have soared in the past three decades, making it clear that it is critical.  Reducing the prevalence of obesity requires broad-based efforts by the government, businesses, community organizations, healthcare professionals, schools, families, and individuals. Currently, Louisiana is ranked 6th in the U.S. for adult obesity and 8th for youth obesity. The Louisiana Obesity Prevention and Management Commission was created with the intention to combat this epidemic.


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 LOPMC has 8 legislated board members, listed below, and encourages participation from a wide variety of multisector partners and community members. Four quarterly meetings are held throughout the year, each meeting focusing on a specific priority area to educate and inform partners on obesity prevention and treatment strategies. The priority areas have been identified and voted on by the appointed board members and are re-evaluated each year.

The four priority areas are:

Priority Area 1: Educate Payers and Healthcare Providers on Obesity Prevention and Treatment Best-Practices

Priority Area 2: Provide Community Resources for Obesity Prevention Best-Practices

Priority Area 3: Support Data Driven Decision Making for Reducing Obesity in Louisiana

Priority Area 4: Inform Louisiana Elected Officials- Local and State


LOPMC Board Members

The Louisiana Obesity Prevention and Management Commission board members include: Speaker of the House, President of the Senate, Cecil J. Picard CenterPennington Biomedical Research Center, Tulane Prevention Research Center,  Louisiana Department of Education, Louisiana Department of Insurance and Louisiana Department of Health.      

Meeting Schedule

All meetings are open to the public and anyone interested in learning more of the burden of obesity in our state!  To attend the next LOPMC quarterly meeting use the registration link below!







March 15, 2019

10:00am- 12:00pm

Louisiana Department of Health

Priority Area #1       

December 6, 2018

10:00am- 12:00pm

Poydras Building

 Priority Area #4

Call to Action: Senator Gerald Boudreaux (State Senator District 24)
Presentation by: Sarah Gillen (Louisiana Public Health Institute), Representative Malinda White (State Representative District 75), Cary Koch & John Koch (Roedel Parsons)
Meeting Minutes
 Meeting Recording December 6, 2018

September 28, 2018

10:00am- 12:00pm

Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Priority Area #3

Presentation by: Win Guan (Well-Ahead) and Kate Andrus (Well-Ahead)

Meeting Minutes

August 10, 2018

10:30am- 12:30pm

Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Priority Area #2

Presentation by: Aubree Thelen (LCP), John O’Donnell (Healthier Southwest), and Jessica Kemp (CPEX)


Meeting Minutes


Meeting Recording August 10th, 2018


Priority Area 1

Priority Area 2

Priority Area 3

Priority Area 4

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