Health & Wellness

Caddo Parish Parks and Recreation offers variety of fitness, health fairs and awareness programs along the guidelines of National Recreation and Parks Association. Caddo Parish highlights a health awareness each month to provide educational and nutritional information to keep the community inform about ways to stay fit and healthy.

The month of August we are highlighting Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center's Communities of Color Network.  

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Louisiana's tobacco statistics are startling. The state ranks number two as the largest percentage of African-American smokers. Nearly 24 percent of Louisiana adults smoke and a quarter of high school students in Louisiana are smokers. The Communities of Color Network serves as the infrastructure for building capacity, coordinating, organizing, and implementing tobacco prevention and control programs and activities in the region.

The examination of tobacco-related health disparities and the cultural and socioeconomic dynamics that exist inside communities of color, indicate the need for innovative planning and action to offset the outcomes of tobacco-related health disparities in these communities.

The Communities of Color Network (CoC) does its part of innovative planning and action by

    1. Working inside communities of color educating and empowering people to create healthier communities.
    2. Working strategically within their regional tobacco subcommittees.
  1. The Communities of Color Network aims to:

    • Reduce tobacco-related morbidity and mortality among Louisiana's communities of color, including African-American and Hispanic communities by;
    • Enhance the awareness of the dangers of tobacco
    • Reduce tobacco use, consumption, and secondhand smoke exposures among Louisiana's communities of color; and
    • Eliminate health disparities caused by or related to tobacco use in Louisiana's communities of color.