LA gets 'D' in children's health

POSTED: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 4:40pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 5:19pm

BATON ROUGE, La (WVLA)--We got the first glimpse at "Louisiana's Report Card on Physical Activity and Health for Children and Youth" today, and the grades are not good.

Pennington Biomedical Center in Baton Rouge crunched the numbers and for the 3rd year in a row, Louisiana earned a 'D'.

Peter Katzmarzyk, PhD. is the Associate Executive Director of Population of Science at Pennington. He reviewed the report card and said "there are inadequate opportunities for children in the state of Louisiana to be physically active and to attain optimal health. We have a long way to go to improve the health of our children."

The state ranked lowest in obesity, with 48% of the state's children overweight or obese. The highest marks were in government strategies, thanks to new laws aimed at improving activity and nutrition in schools.

Over 400 researchers, doctors and educators packed the Pennington conference room to review the data today. Katzmarzyk is hopeful that the high turnout is good news for the future of Louisiana's kids. He said, "We hope this will be a stimulus. This will be able to spread across the state and indeed we have people from all across the state of Louisiana here. These are people dedicated to improving children's health, to eliminating obesity and related disorders so we're very excited."

A slide show presentation of the report card is attached, courtesy Stephanie Broyles, PhD

2010 Report Card Conference Presentation (Broyles).pdf6.8 MB

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