NEW ORLEANS, LA — FRIDAY, the City of New Orleans will host the Fit NOLA Spring Forum. Fit NOLA is the City’s comprehensive plan to achieve healthy weight and fitness for everyone in New Orleans, launched with the release of the Fit NOLA Action Blueprint last summer. Over 140 organizations are involved in the Fit NOLA partnership.
In January 2011, the City of New Orleans was designated as a Let’s Move! city as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s childhood obesity reduction initiative. The Fit NOLA partnership is committed to helping New Orleans become one of the fittest cities in the United States by 2018, our 300th anniversary.
Fit NOLA is focused on increasing awareness by providing resources for families and the community to be fit; empowering youth to be advocates for healthy policies; building capacity by improving access to affordable, nutritious food as well as safe environments for physical activity and opportunities to exercise; and setting standards by highlighting successful programs and supporting policies that encourage healthy lifestyles.
This week the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released the annual County Health Rankings. These rankings show the rank of the health of nearly every county in the nation. Orleans Parish's health ranking improved in this year's study.
New Orleans was also among six communities to receive the inaugural RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize in February 2013. The prize was launched to further the work of the County Healthy Rankings & Roadmaps program, which aims to educate the public and policy-makers on the multiple factors that influence community health—such as education, economic conditions, and the physical environment—and to provide solutions that will improve community health.
WHO: Mayor Mitch Landrieu
New Orleans Health Department
Fit NOLA partners
WHERE: City Park
Pavilion of Two Sisters
WHEN: FRIDAY, March 22, 2013
9 AM – 12:40 PM