Active Trails Lead to Better Health BaYOU!

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Hit the trail for a healthier you during Better Health BaYOU! on Saturday, October 15.

Fresh air, sunshine, and free family fun---it's time for Better Health BaYOU!

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 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 15. Here's a flier to download, share, or print as a reminder to join the fun.

What's happening?

  • 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. special activities for Junior Rangers, DJ and music, and health screenings, tips, and information from LSU Agricultural Center, NORDC and Fit NOLA, Second Harvest Foodbank, Children's Hospital Lifestyle Clinic, LSU Health Sciences, and more
  • 10:30 a.m. one-mile ranger fun run
  • 11:30 a.m. half-mile wetlands trail walk
  • 12:15-1:00 p.m. line dancing class
  • 12:30 p.m. half-mile wetlands trail walk
  • 12:45-1:45 p.m. bounce yoga class
  • 2:00 p.m. half-mile wetlands trail walk

Join the party at the Barataria Preserve Visitor Center 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!, 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 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!


Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

419 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130


(504) 589-3882
Phone numbers are for park headquarters. Phones are answered 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Park headquarters is closed on federal holidays and on Mardi Gras.

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