The New Orleans (LA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated sponsored its 6th annual symposium on obesity and healthy living in partnership with Breakthrough New Orleans (BTNOLA) on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Isidore Newman School.
The day included a round table discussion about healthy habits for daily living led by a panel of local medical and health authorities and physical trainers; cooking demonstrations by local chefs; and exercise demonstrations.
Twenty percent of school-aged children have too much body fat according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Being overweight or obese increases the risk for heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, stroke, cancer, asthma and osteoarthritis both during childhood and as those children become adults. The Links, Incorporated’s National Childhood Obesity Initiative looks at what we can do to address the many issues that contribute to obesity in African-American children.
The New Orleans (LA) Chapter is committed to the goal of increasing awareness and heightening understanding about the multi-dimensional issues that contribute to obesity in African-American children and their families. Through an action-oriented agenda we disseminate key messages that aid in the prevention of childhood obesity among African-American children and we establish collaborative networks to sustain on-going health initiatives.