January 29, 2010
Act 256 of the 2009 Regular Session called for the expansion of a current health- related fitness assessment program (Fitnessgram), as well as plan for developing interventions and making recommendations regarding program implementation, best practices and future directions. The bill required the Picard Center, in collaboration with DHH, the Department of Education, the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and the Louisiana Council on Obesity Prevention and Management to work together and submit an annual report to the governor, legislature, and BESE.
March 02, 2009
HB 1349 of the 2001 Regular Session created the Louisiana Council on Obesity Prevention and Management within DHH. The bill required that the council submit an annual report to the governor and to the House and Senate health and welfare committees which would update the governor and the legislature on the council's progress toward full implementation of services and programs in the state of Louisiana to increase prevention and management of the disease of obesity in adults and children.
September 28, 2007
Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco announced today that Louisiana has been selected as one of only 15 states to receive a national grant to be used for childhood obesity prevention efforts in schools. The state is being awarded $110,000 as part of the National Governor’s Association’s Healthy Kids, Healthy America award to go toward improving obesity rates among the state’s youth.