Governor wants people to run with him after Louisiana ranked as least healthy state

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
December 18, 2018 - 12:27 pm

When was the last time you ran?  On the heals of a new report ranking Louisiana's health at 50th in the nation, the governor wants more of us doing it more often.

"I'd love to have you join me in taking a few steps in the right direction... to move Louisiana forward in a healthier direction," Governor John Bel Edwards said.

Right now, America's Health Rankings from the United Health Foundation show Louisiana is moving in a less healthy direction.

Louisiana saw increases in one unhealthy category after another.  The state this year recorded increases in heart attacks and strokes, cancer deaths, diabetes and several other categories.

The percentage of Louisiana residents smoking went up over the past two years from less than 22% in 2016 to more than 23% in 2018.

There were also increases in drug deaths, excessive drinking and obesity.

The percentage of people who reported no exercise also went up to nearly one third of the state's residents saying they had not done any physical activity in the past 30 days.

"I encourage people of all ages and physical fitness levels to get moving and stay active," Edwards said.

He wants people to join him in running the Louisiana Marathon next month.  There is also a 5K that people can run or walk.

It's part of the "collective goal of getting Louisianans healthier," Edwards said.

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