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Since my first day as Mayor-President, I have been committed to
the health and wellness of Baton Rouge. As a former chairman of the
NLC Council on Youth, Education and Families and a distinguished
member of Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Campaign, it is a priority
of the City of Baton Rouge to address obesity in our community.
Seeing how afflictions like diabetes and cancer have affected my
family, I remain determined to help the people of Baton Rouge
develop healthier lifestyles. I truly believe that to be the Next
Great City, Baton Rouge has to be a Healthy City.
In light of this belief, the Mayor's Healthy City Initiative
(MHCI) was formed in 2008, with a mission to identify and
coordinate efforts aimed at healthier eating and more active
lifestyles across the City-Parish. Given the abundance of local
health and wellness resources available, the MHCI is able to
combine resources, organizations, and professionals in order to
increase positive impact throughout our community. This
organization has since become a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with over 70
health organizations under its umbrella, working together to
increase the health of Baton Rouge citizens.
The innovative MHCI places Baton Rouge squarely on the cutting
edge of population health management. The collaborative
relationships between the hospitals, nonprofit organizations,
for-profit businesses, schools and governmental institutions that
the MHCI cultivates are truly unique and serve as a best practice
model for cities that aspire to bring stake holders in community
Only with this kind of collaborative spirit can our city, state,
and nation combat the health challenges that are projected to keep
our children's life expectancy lower than those of their parents
and grandparents. We know that with a holistic approach to health,
we can join forces to increase food access, healthy eating habits,
exercise opportunities, and education for children and adults, and
stop the rise in obesity and related illnesses that are threatening
our children's future.
Thank you for your support of the Mayor's Healthy City
Initiative. I sincerely hope that you will consider joining our
efforts to make Baton Rouge a healthier city for all of its
Wishing you good health,
Mayor-President Melvin L. "Kip"
To foster a movement based on communication, coordination and
collaboration that promotes a better and healthier life for all the
people in the great city of Baton Rouge.
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