Geaux Lite Louisiana is an initiative created by the Louisiana Hospital Association to address our state’s challenge with obesity. It is a fun, 6-month competition in which hospital teams, made up of staff, family members, individuals and community members, compete to get healthy.
The goal is to lose 200 tons (400,000 pounds) statewide. This is not a typical six week challenge; six months allows for real change.
This challenge is sponsored by the Louisiana Hospital Association and its member hospitals.
According to a study released by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Louisiana is the most obese state in the nation.
Obesity is costing our state lives and healthcare dollars. The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008, according to the CDC. The medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of a healthy weight.
Obesity leads to other health issues: diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke & even some cancers. According to the CDC, a 5 -15% loss of total body weight reduces some risk factors.
This is a 6-month program, emphasizing healthy eating and exercise.
Each participating hospital is a separate team, and individuals compete on hospital teams to try to lose weight in a healthy manner.
Each hospital will have one site coordinator called the “Team Leaders.” Each Team Leader will form a Challenge Crew to help with weigh-ins and ongoing motivation. This is a grassroots program run by local Team Leaders and their Challenge Crew members.
Hospitals and individuals can participate for free. Prizes are offered through the LHA Research & Education Foundation to encourage participation. Healthy tips will be provided along the way.