The New Orleans (LA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated sponsored its 7th annual symposium on obesity and healthy living in partnership with Breakthrough New Orleans (BTNOLA) on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Isidore Newman High School. The day was filled with interactive activities to engage the participants – from Yoga to Dance to Meditation.
Renowned experts in medicine and nutrition led a discussion on the health risks of obesity and transitioning to a healthy lifestyle. New Orleans’ own Dr. Cory Hebert was a speaker. Additionally, Chef Traci focused the parents and students on healthy food selection and food preparation for now and into the future.
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The Links, Incorporated established the Health and Human Services facet in response to the chronic health disparities that persist in black communities and result in the decreased life expectancy of African Americans and other people of African ancestry. The goal of HHS is to promote and facilitate programs that support the maintenance of good health and the elimination of chronic health disparities in communities of color through education, health advocacy, and optimal utilization of health resources. Community education about health risks is crucial and The Links, Incorporated plays a significant role in providing it.
The National Childhood Obesity Initiative increases awareness and heightens understanding surrounding 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.