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    Jean Lafitte

    National Historical Park and Preserve Louisiana

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Active Trails Lead to Better Health BaYOU!

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Waterways, trees, wildlife, and you---the perfect day plus Better Health BaYOU!

Fresh air, sunshine, and free family fun---it's time for Better Health BaYOU! Day! It's a day in Louisiana's wild wetlands plus a health fair and plenty of activities from games to dancing. Get in on the action at the Barataria Preserve 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 15. Here's a flier to download, share, or print as a reminder to join the fun.

Things to do

  • 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Animal Olympics - fun and games for all ages
  • noon Family-friendly ranger-guided one-mile trail walk
  • 12:15-1:00 p.m. Yoga...in a chair...with live jazz music!
  • 1:00 p.m. Family-friendly ranger-guided one-mile trail walk
  • 1:15-2:00 p.m. Let's Move Outside dance class for all ages
  • 2:00 p.m. Family-friendly ranger-guided one-mile trail walk

At the Health Fair 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. with tips, information, and more

  • Health screenings by Ochsner West Bank
  • Tulane Diabetes Center
  • LSU Agricultural Center
  • West Jeff Family Doctors
  • Walgreens Get Healthy Crew
  • Boy Scouts of America

Join the party at the Barataria Preserve's Pecan Grove area at 6588 Barataria Blvd. in Marrero (near Crown Point)---here's a map to the preserve. With 23,000+ acres of forest, swamp, and marsh and ten miles of walking trails, there's plenty to explore (follow this link to the preserve trail map). Come on out for Better Health BaYOU! Day, have some healthy fun, and discover a whole new world of wild Louisiana!

We all know the bad news: the percentage of people with Type 2/adult onset diabetes is skyrocketing, too many of us are overweight, and it's too easy to indulge when you live in a place that's famous for its fine food. But there's good news too: just getting out and walking three times a week can help stabilize your blood sugar, reduce your blood pressure, melt off some pounds, and put a smile on your face. The great news is that in the New Orleans area, the Barataria Preserve is right down the road. Fresh air, spectacular scenery, trails for walking, waterways for canoeing and fishing----it's just what the doctor ordered!

The preserve hosts Better Health BaYOU! Day every November, but better health isn't built in a day. The Barataria Preserve's Active Trails Program is asking for your ideas on ways to make the preserve a special spot for healthy fun. The National Park Foundation has provided funding for trail improvements, including better signage, and to make Better Health BaYOU! Day an annual event, but better living is not just a once-a-year project. What do you think we can do to make our community a healthier place to live and to get the word out that the preserve is the prettiest place in Louisiana to walk off all those po-boys? Send us an email with your ideas or if you'd like to get involved in the preserve's Active Trails Program---we'll see you on the trail!


Did You Know?

Young opossum riding their mother's back.

The opossum is North America's only native marsupial! The female will carry young in her pouch for 2-3 months and then on her back another 1-2 months. A female will usually have 7-8 babies, and each one latches onto one of 13 teats in her pouch.