The Step Together New Orleans program is working in partnership with the Louisiana Public Health Institute and City of New Orleans Health Department to implement prevention efforts focused at reducing occurrences of obesity, as well as asthma and diabetes.
The City of New Orleans was awarded a $1,213,351 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the first year of its five-year program, which includes seven different workgroups: Asthma Care, Community Based Health Promotion, Diabetes Clinical Care, Evaluation, Media, Neighborhood Environment and School Health.
The Neighborhood Environment workgroup of the Community Action Plan aims to develop bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure; support .Project Playground,. a $14 million campaign to renovate and revitalize 50 neighborhood playgrounds; support farmers markets; and promote the accessibility and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Other workgroups, such as School Health, aim to eliminate junk food from lunch cafeterias; promote and expand physical education classes; and provide greater training on asthma and health for school nurses, teachers and workers.
The 5 Year Community Action Plan will be directed by the Community Consortium, a network of 70 plus organizational and community representatives, while the Louisiana Public Health Institute is administrator of funds and operations.
To help New Orleanians live longer, healthier lives.