The LSU AgCenter’s Cooperative Extension Healthy Communities initiative is a systemic community-driven approach to address the nutrition and physical activity environments in Louisiana. By partnering with local communities, Healthy Communities aims to continuously improve both the physical and social environments that influence our health. Using the Socio-Ecological model, the initiative seeks partnerships with schools, elected officials, community members, faith-based communities, and community stake-holders to deliver practice and evidence-based interventions to influence the complex determinants of health.
Healthy communities are places where people have come together to make their community better for everyone through collaboration, community ownership, inclusive approaches and long-term, positive commitment to healthy lifestyles.
With an obesity rate of 35.5%, and 16 of 64 parishes with obesity rates over 40%, Louisiana citizens dis-proportionally suffer from high rates of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. In order to combat this, LA Healthy Communities Project recognizes the importance of approaching health holistically using Cooperative Extension’s National Framework for Health and Wellness.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture