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In Louisiana, you can find plenty of jazz music and Cajun and Creole cooking, but beneath its Southern charm, Louisiana also bears the nation’s highest childhood obesity rate. Additionally, nearly 1 in 5 of Louisiana’s 4.6 million residents lives below the poverty level,* posing additional challenges to accessing the resources kids need to grow up healthy.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, thanks to support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Louisiana Department of Education, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is working with communities throughout the state to make it easier for all kids to lead healthier lives.

*Source: The U.S. Census Bureau


Our Work in Louisiana

In Louisiana, we’re making it easier for kids to develop healthy habits.

More than 640 schools serving over 354,000 students across the state have joined Healthier Generation's Healthy Schools Program, creating healthier school environments for children to thrive. Since 2007, 14 Louisiana schools have been recognized with National Healthy Schools Awards for their outstanding efforts.

We’ve also made it easier for over 12,000 youth in 128 out-of-school time programs to eat right and move more, through our Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiative.


Success Stories

Hear from just two champions from the schools and districts we work with in Louisiana: Jefferson Parish School District, enrolled in the Healthy Schools Program since 2009, and Esperanza Charter School, enrolled since 2011.


Here in New Orleans, lots of kids may not go outside and play so we let them move here at school.

Tromane Harris
PE Teacher, Esperanza Charter School, LA

Healthier Generation has been a great partner to Jefferson Parish schools, helping us ask: What can we do that can make a great impact on health?

Angie Ruiz
Executive Director of Health and Social Services, Jefferson Parish School District, LA



See how Southern states, including Louisiana, are helping students to develop healthier habits at school


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Program Managers

Donna Crawford

Healthy Schools Program Manager, Tennessee & Louisiana
Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Jason Geering

Healthy Schools & Communities Program Manager
Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Contact us and make your contribution to children's health in Louisiana.

Deniz Conger & Melissa McDonald