DHH Secretary touts health initiative in Lake Charles - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

DHH Secretary touts health initiative in Lake Charles

DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert. (Source: KPLC) DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert. (Source: KPLC)
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Louisiana is ranked last in the country in obesity, but a statewide initiative looks to change that fact. Well Ahead Louisiana will recognize businesses, schools, and other locations which promote healthy life choices.

Well Ahead Louisiana allows for three different levels, or "Well Spots", with level one being the highest level. Participating locations have to become tobacco free to achieve level three status. Meeting specific criteria can move a participating location up a level.

Locations can select certain criteria, and they do not have to follow every criteria the Department of Health and Hospitals laid out.

DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert spoke about the program at Christus St. Patrick in Lake Charles Monday. Kliebert said she wants to cut down on Louisiana's weight.

"It's just really important to me that we as a state do whatever we can to promote reducing that obesity rate," Kliebert said.

Christus St. Patrick CEO Stephen Wright said these guidelines can help improve state health.

"We have to keep working at it one person at a time, one program at a time, what we've not done, is we've not been organized, we've not had an aggressive accountable way to go about that and I think that's what the secretary is trying to do," Wright said.

Kliebert said on Sept. 1, people can look on search engines to find whether a location is apart of Well Ahead Louisiana.

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