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Thibodaux Regional Partners With Schools To Fight Childhood Obesity

By: Toni Martinez

Wednesday February 01, 2012

Thibodaux, February 1, 2012 - According to the U.S. Centers for Diseases Control, Louisiana ranks fourth in the country for overweight or obese children. Obesity can lead to chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Studies have shown that education, the right diet, and exercise can prevent or help reduce complications from the most common diseases that affect us.

 

To address childhood obesity and as part of our Health and Wellness outreach, Thibodaux Regional has partnered with Lafourche Parish public and private schools to provide sixth grade students with education sessions that focus on better choices for nutrition and physical activity.

 

This past fall, hospital staff members and physicians began providing nutrition and fitness instruction in a fun and interactive way. Students have the opportunity to learn how they can make behavior changes to achieve success in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

 

“We appreciate the opportunity to work with the schools to address childhood obesity. As a community leader, we are committed to helping improve the health and wellness of children in our area,” said Greg Stock, CEO of Thibodaux Regional.