Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana grants $3 million to fighting obesity
August 20, 2012
First lady Michelle Obama is not the only one hoping to get the nation up and moving to fight obesity. A series of nonprofit fundraising
programs are jumping on board.
Recently, the Central Louisiana Local Food Initiative of Alexandria and the Live Lively LaSalle program of LaSalle Parish received $1 million and $2 million in grants, respectively, to promote healthier eating and active living, The Alexandria Town Talk reports.
The money, which was awarded by Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana, will enable Central Louisiana Local Food Initiative to encourage citizens to eat more fruits and vegetables, while LaSalle Parish will invest in new trails, parks and menu items for parish members.
"We plan to attack this challenge from a policy standpoint, through support for agricultural entrepreneurs and a variety of related efforts," said Jim Clinton, president and CEO of Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance. "We are honored to receive the grant and excited about getting to work on the project."
According to data from the Center for Disease Control, Louisiana has one of the highest obesity rates in the nation, with 33.4 percent of adults classified as obese in 2011.