Thibodaux, LA - Live Healthy Thibodaux is bringing the community together to address health needs in Thibodaux and the surrounding areas. The community-led coalition began in February and focuses on improving people’s quality of life through policy development, environmental changes and lifestyle programs that promote healthy living.
Outside of the COVID-19 pandemic, the coalition meets on the first Thursday of each month at the Thibodaux Library to make actionable plans toward increasing bike lanes and pedestrian connectivity and expanding access to nutrition education and healthy food options in the community.
“It’s hard to get from one destination to another by walking or biking. We need more sidewalks and bike lanes so that we can safely get from one destination to another regardless of our mode of transportation,” said Becky Gautreaux, a registered dietitian and a LSU AgCenter area nutrition agent for Terrebonne and Lafourche.
The coalition also identified a major need for nutrition and cooking education at their Thibodaux Community Health forum in January said Gautreaux.
The action-oriented group has continued to hold virtual meetings to discuss extending the farmers’ market, educating the community about healthy cooking on a budget and raising event awareness.
Community members and representatives from the LSU AgCenter, Chef John Folse Culinary Institute, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux Main Street, City of Thibodaux, City of Thibodaux Parks and Recreation, and Thibodaux Regional Medical Center participate in the coalition.
Live Healthy Thibodaux is part of the LSU AgCenter Healthy Communities program, which aims to improve the physical and social environments that influence health using a community-driven approach.
For more information or to join the coalition, contact Becky Gautreaux at email@example.com.