Fitness signs installed at 5th Ward Park in St. Helena Parish

Marquetta Anderson, Losavio, Ruthie

(Amite, LA) – New fitness signs were installed along the trail at 5th Ward Park located between Montpelier and Amite, Louisiana.

“The signs have added to the beautification of the park,” said Oliver Jackson, 5th Ward Park Board member. “The signs allow walkers to understand the added health benefits of walking.”

The half-mile trail now features signs demonstrating how to warm up, check your heart rate and use park benches to exercise. The new signs also provide information on the walking trail distances and the benefits of exercising and staying hydrated.

“Walking is a form of physical activity that everyone can participate in because it is free,” said Marquetta Anderson, LSU AgCenter Extension Agent and St. Helena Healthy Communities Coalition facilitator.

“Being physically active daily is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Physical activity has so many benefits. It helps us to stay healthy, be at a healthy weight and prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, some cancers and heart disease. It also helps us sleep better and improves our mood.”

The fitness signs were developed and installed through a partnership between the St. Helena Healthy Communities Coalition, LSU AgCenter SNAP-Ed and the 5th Ward Park Board.

“More people are more inclined to use the walking trail because there are signs that provide information,” said community member Major Coleman.

The park site serves as a multipurpose center for the community. The building on-site serves as a storm relief center as well as a rental facility for special occasions.

The partner organizations hope that the signs increase the use of the walking trail by helping residents understand the value of walking and being physically active.

For more information about the fitness signs or to join the next St. Helena Healthy Communities Coalition meeting, contact Marquetta Anderson at or (225) 222-4136.

Community members installing fitness signs.

12/15/2020 6:08:43 PM
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