A relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives in our community.
Imagine a community where healthy choices are equitable and accessible, and where your zip code does not determine your health. Across the Capital Area, we are fighting for longer lives by making the places where we live, learn, work, play, pray and heal as healthy as they can be.
Healthy food access, affordability and nutrition security are some of our greatest needs here in the Capital Area. Together, with our Board of Directors and community partners, we are addressing social determinants of health to improve lives in our community.
In the Capital Area, residents have an up to 23-year age gap in life expectancy depending on the neighborhood they live in.
This year, we WILL recommit to our hearts. And we'll be loud, proud, and relentless. How?
Record a 10-second video doing something for your health while saying "Watch Me __________!"
Blast it with hashtag #WatchMe and inspire others to make 2021 the year of health.
We’re calling all changemakers, community champions, and heart warriors to be the solution. Raise your voice to something bigger than yourself. Demand change. Fight for a healthy lifestyle. Grow your community. Live without limitations. Swap challenge for opportunity and claim what is possible. Live Fierce, starting now.
Commit to a healthy future, and together let’s build the health of the Capital Area.
A Culture of Health & Wellness
Everyone deserves the best possible life, and it starts right here in our community.
“At 30, my life changed forever. I was diagnosed with an enlarged heart and in massive heart failure. Seven months later, I had a defibrillator placed to protect me from sudden cardiac death, and had a second placed in 2018. Now, 10 years later, I take medications daily, but I live normally, spending time with my daughter and husband building memories, and living life to the fullest. Heart disease doesn’t discriminate, but it’s not a death sentence either thanks to advancements from the American Heart Association. Working with the AHA has given me an opportunity to have a voice in changing the landscape of healthcare for women in heart disease.”
–Mary Leah Coco, Survivor
Healthier Kids. Healthier Adults.
Here’s some truth... Active kids are more likely to be healthy adults. Challenge accepted! Last school year, more than 34,000 of our local children and 58 schools participated in Kids Heart Challenge and American Heart Challenge. Learn and discover healthy habits while raising money to build a healthier Capital Area. You and your kids can take the challenge, too! Let’s give our next generation the best chance of long, healthy, and happy lives.
Food Insecurity in the Capital Area
Do you know where your next meal is coming from? Unfortunately, many do not. There's a shortage of grocery stores with fresh, healthy foods in North Baton Rouge. But luckily, Healthy BR’s Geaux Get Healthy project addresses food insecurity by connecting you with fresh, affordable food. Furthermore, you can learn about growing, harvesting, cooking, and eating fresh foods with our Simple Cooking with Heart demonstrations and Healthy for Life® nutrition education.
Release the Pressure
High blood pressure is a silent killer, but you can get the tools you need to keep your pressure in check. Nearly 300,000 Capital Area patients participate in Target: BP, a collaboration with the American Medical Association, aimed to control blood pressure and reduce the number of heart attacks and strokes. Do you know your numbers? Together, we can reduce the pressure!