Start Walking Calcasieu! City Challenge “Walk with your Mayor”
Physical inactivity is a major risk factor for all premature deaths. It contributes significantly to cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer — even depression and Alzheimer’s. In Calcasieu Parish alone, the obesity rate of 37.3% is higher than the state and national averages making the state of Louisiana the unhealthiest and most obese state in the nation. Local mayors decided to tackle these statistics head on by educating the community about the benefits of walking as a lifelong exercise. Each of the six local mayors will host walks in their respective communities during the month of May to get their constituents moving.
The winner of the 2015 Start Walking Calcasieu! City Challenge is…Mayor Hardy and the City of Westlake with 4.2% of the population participating at the walk or pledged online to walk towards better health.
Start Walking Calcasieu! City Challenge is a Partnership for a Healthier SWLA initiative made possible by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation’s Challenge Grant for a Healthier Louisiana. For more information, please call the Partnership for a Healthier Southwest Louisiana at 478-4822, Ext 16 or go to healthierswla.com.