Mobile Fitness Unit Combats Child Obesity, Kicks Off Summer Fitness Program
Chalmette, LA - This Sunday, June 8, from 4pm-7pm at the St. Bernard Community Playground in Torres Park, Ochsner will bring summer fitness activities and medical information to an area that continues to recover post-Katrina. Activities will include the Elmwood Fitness Center Mobile Fitness Unit, a bus outfitted with child-sized exercise equipment, and several fitness stations sponsored by local groups. Ochsner for Children will offer advice on healthy lifestyles and prevention of childhood obesity. Enjoy food, raffles and giveaways at this free event provided through a partnership between Ochsner, the St. Bernard Community Playground Project and the Recreation Corporation.
"Ochsner is committed to making healthy lifestyles an accessible goal for the entire St. Bernard community, so we're taking fitness on the road and bringing local children a mobile PE unit and tips on staying fit," explains, Dr. Patrick Quinlan, Ochsner Health System Chief Executive Officer. "Likewise," Polly Boudreaux of the Playground Project shares, "we have a strong commitment by local groups to promote healthy lifestyle fitness activities for the whole family. On Sunday, various booths will be set up to highlight local fitness opportunities."
Elmwood Fitness Center recently launched its Mobile Fitness Unit as part of the "I Can Do It" children's fitness program. "This spring, the bus drove to selected schools and provided PE classes weekly to students and during the summer break, we've selected several St. Bernard area summer camps for our visits," says Michael Heim, Youth Fitness Manager at Elmwood Fitness Center.
"While most children look forward to summertime, for many parents, it's a struggle particularly in keeping kids on track with a healthy diet," says Heim. Elmwood Dieticians and Ochsner Pediatrics will hand out healthy eating and lifestyle information for adults and children. Learn about Ochsner's initiatives to contribute to a healthier community such as its new SmartMeals, Golden Opportunity, a 55+ seniors club, and the employee Pathway to Wellness program.
Ochsner staff will also introduce to parents ways to access crucial medical information in the event of another disaster. Ochsner has developed a new electronic medical records system that is designed to help protect patient records, provide easy access to lists of current medications, scheduled appointments and lab results. All medical records are available at any Ochsner clinic or hospital.
The St. Bernard Community Playground Project in partnership with the Recreation Corporation will provide Fitness Logs for family members to document fitness activities completed over the summer. "A follow-up celebration of fitness will be held at the Playground Amphitheatre in September," says Boudreaux. Participants in the summer fitness program will receive a free t-shirt upon completion.
Ochsner Health System (www.ochsner.org) is a non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system dedicated to patient care, research and education. The system includes seven hospitals and over 35 health centers located throughout Southeast Louisiana. Ochsner employs over 600 physicians in 80 medical specialties and subspecialties and 450 clinical research trials annually. Ochsner was ranked one of the "Best Places to Work" by New Orleans CityBusiness in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and received the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 12 consecutive years. Ochsner was ranked as "Best" Hospital by U.S. News and World Report in July 2007. Ochsner has over 10,000 employees system-wide.