In February 2011, the City of New Orleans joined First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign and committed to ending childhood obesity in one generation. With funding and support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity and the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, we convened key partners to help us develop a blueprint to achieve this goal.
The Fit NOLA Partnership has brought over 100 organizations together to imagine a fit city for everyone. Through the participation of partner members and guidance from national leaders, the Partnership made recommendations on policy and environmental strategies that make healthy nutrition and physical activity options easier for all New Orleanians. Fit NOLA’s Action [LP1] Blueprint is a road map for everyone who lives, learns, works and plays in New Orleans to collaborate and take action to improve the nutritional and physical fitness of our community. The overarching strategies include the following:
- Implement a Fit NOLA communications campaign to spread awareness
- Link families and community members to local nutrition and fitness resources
- Empower youth to successfully advocate for policies encouraging fitness and health
- Create safer environments for everyone in New Orleans to be physically active
- Increase program opportunities for children and families to be physically active
- Improve access to affordable, nutritious food
- Expand training opportunities to improve the availability of quality physical activity opportunities
- Create and infrastructure capable of sustaining the Fit NOLA partnership
- Develop a set of Fit NOLA standards to identify successful programs and policies
- Create employee wellness programs healthy procurement policies
- Advocate for universal assessment and reporting of patient weight and linkage to nutritional and physical fitness programs by health care professionals
- Support policies and environments that provide healthy nutrition and active lifestyles for children and families
For more information please visit: NOLA Health Department
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