The United Health Foundation has ranked Louisiana as the “least healthy” state in the nation for 2006 and the picture painted by the respected research group isn’t pretty.
“Louisiana is 50th this year, a position it has held for 14 of the 15 editions of this report,” the foundation said in its grim analysis.
In our exclusive 10-part series, the Herald-Guide will take a closer look at the major health problems facing Louisiana and St. Charles Parish.
As identifed by the state, the big issues are obesity, asthma, diabetes, mental health, heart disease, premature death, smoking, children in poverty, the uninsured, and flu.
We will explore ways to preserve your health, and the health of your loved ones, through all available resources. We’ll provide you with wellness options. Don’t miss a single installment - your health is important.
Fat-fighting tips from LSU; don’t let obesity wreck your life ... take charge & feel better
DO YOU really want to lose weight and feel good again? Then get serious about food - and improving your “relationship” with it.
Instead of following fad diets, the best way to attain and maintain a healthy weight is to be physically active and to stay within your energy needs by choosing foods wisely, LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames tells the Herald-Guide.
"It is important to follow a healthy eating plan, because dieting can rob your body of the nutrients and energy it needs," the nutritionist says. Reames offers these tips to help you establish a healthy relationship with food.
- Drop the diet mentality.
Depriving yourself now can make you overeat later.
Learn to recognize your body’s cues about when you are hungry and when you are full.
- Tune into your emotions.
Are you using food for comfort, as a reward, as a distraction from boredom or to help resolve feelings of anger or sadness? If so, look for other ways of coping with problems instead of eating, such as taking a walk, playing with your pet or calling a friend.
- Don’t skip meals.
This leads to overeating later.
- Try to eat more vegetables and fruits each day.
Experiment with new ways to prepare vegetables, and keep cut-up veggies in the refrigerator for snacking.
Support, seminars and classes in SC Parish
- Take Off Pounds Sensibly: Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 921 Paul Maillard Rd., Luling. Info: 985-783-6192 or 985-431-8808.
Thursdays: 5 p.m., First Union Presbyterian Church, 134 Lakewood Dr., Luling. Info: 985-785-8486.
Thursdays: 5:45 p.m., New Sarpy Senior Citizen Center, 2 Troxclair Dr., New Sarpy. Info: 985-764-7772.
Thursdays: 7 p.m., Des Allemands Fire Station, De Jean Street, Des Allemands. Info: 985-758-7511.
- The Council on Aging offers residents over age 60 free fitness and nutrition classes and guidance. Call 783-3008 for information.
- There are several fitness centers in the parish offering personal training and specialized classes for aevery age group. Check the phone book and call.