Healthy Behaviors

Consistent with its mission to improve the health status of Central Louisiana, The Rapides Foundation’s Healthy Behaviors Initiative addresses the important health behaviors of tobacco prevention and control, substance and alcohol abuse prevention, healthy eating and active living.

Poor diet, physical inactivity and the use of tobacco are health behaviors directly linked to premature death and disability from heart disease, stroke, diabetes, certain types of cancer, and arthritis. Illicit use of drugs is associated with serious consequences including injury, illness, disability, and death as well as crime, domestic violence and lost workplace productivity. Each year, about 100,000 deaths in the United States are related to alcohol consumption.

Evidence suggests that an integrated, comprehensive, multi-level, multi-target initiative to focus on these important health behaviors is crucial to the long-term success of the program, including having a meaningful impact on chronic disease prevention in the region. For that reason, the Foundation’s Healthy Behaviors Initiative includes work in the schools and communities; policy and advocacy; and a strong counter-marketing component.

Featured Programs

Interactive Map of Healthy Activities around the region

Discover opportunities for you and your family to get healthy using our interactive map!

Healthy Lifestyle Program

The Healthy Lifestyle Program provides nutrition and physical activity counseling to patients referred by their doctors free of charge.

Get Healthy Cenla Challenge Calendar

See daily fitness and nutrition challenges on the Get Healthy Calendar!

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