Active Trails Lead to Better Health BaYOU!

People walk on a boardwalk trail through the swamp
A walk at the Barataria Preserve will burn calories, lower your blood pressure, and put a smile on your face every time!
Does family fun in the great outdoors sound like the perfect way to spend a Saturday? Join the Barataria Preserve rangers for Better Health BaYOU 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 21. Activities include trail walks, a ranger fun run, yoga, a brass cardio class with live music from New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, and special games and activities for Junior Rangers of all ages. There'll also be health screenings and health information ranging from basic nutrition to health advocacy provided by area health and recreation organizations. Here's a pdf of the Better Health BaYOU 2017 flier to download, print, and share. The event and admission to the preserve are free.

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 and waterways----it's just what the doctor ordered!

The preserve hosts Better Health BaYOU! every fall, 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! 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!


Last updated: September 22, 2017

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