Today, representatives from the City of Monroe and Louisiana Health Connections will announce a formal partnership to promote healthy lifestyle choices through no-cost health, nutritional and wellness education for low-income youth and families.
The program will be offered at Benoit Community Center, located at 1700 Oaklawn Drive, and will offer activities such as cooking and gardening classes, nutritional workshops and physical activities. The partnership aligns with the city’s focus on improving quality of life by empowering residents with the resources and education necessary to make healthy lifestyle choices.
“As announced during our State of the City Address, earlier this year, one of our Monroe Smart City goals is to create comprehensive community centers. We plan to offer our residents more than a place for recreational activities and meeting space. Thanks to the support of the Monroe City Council our vision is now a workable plan. We are excited about the formation of this partnership with Louisiana Healthcare Connections. This pilot program will allow visitors to our centers to engage in educational and healthy experiences that promote positive lifestyle changes which help address health disparities that often plague low to moderate income and minority communities,” says, Mayor Jamie Mayo.