BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — Families in East Baton Rouge Parish have a new way to stay fit and find health info fast.
It's called healthyBR. com. It's part of a new initiative by Mayor President Kip Holden's office and several regional partners. The goal help lower childhood obesity in the area. Louisiana has one of the worst childhood obesity problems in the country, and Mayor Holden says it's a life or death problem.
"People are giving it a second or third thought when they see these little kids who end up dying at a young age," said Holden. "We know that could have been prevented if they would have just had a better eating regiment."
There are several other programs that are part of the website launch including: one to add healthier menu options for kids on local restaurants menu. Another for a mobile food market. A third to help get kids more p.e. equipment.