Partnership with American Heart Association provides new activities for
Baton Rouge, La. – This week, Baton Rouge General (BRG) and the Capital Area American
Heart Association (AHA) donated new playground equipment to students at
Bernard Terrace Elementary School. The “Recess Reboot” included
500 water bottles, 100 jump ropes, 100 basketballs, some playground balls
and a $200 gift card to U.S. Games for additional supplies.
Since the 1970s, the rate of childhood obesity has more than tripled in
the U.S., increasing the rate of disability and obesity in adulthood,
in addition to putting children at an increased risk for diabetes and
heart disease later in life. In Louisiana, more than
one third of all children (34%) and adults (35.5%) are obese, one of the highest rates in
the country. To combat that, the AHA recommends at least one hour of physical
activity every day for children and adolescents. Unfortunately,
less than half of 6-11 year olds and only
8 percent of 12-19 year olds are meeting those guidelines.
“Establishing good exercise habits as a child helps makes physical
activity more likely as an adult,” said Chatisy Thomas, Nurse Practitioner
with Baton Rouge General Physicians. “And by staying active, people
can reduce blood pressure, control weight, reduce risk for diabetes and
improve psychological well-being.”
Inactive children are more likely to become inactive adults, but studies
show that schools can positively influence healthy behavior in children.
Recess provides one opportunity to promote physical activity, however,
only five states currently require recess in elementary schools.
Louisiana is not one of them. Even so, many schools, including Bernard Terrace Elementary School, offer
recess to their students.
The “Recess Reboot” program refreshes and revitalizes playgrounds
by providing the equipment schools need for physical education activities
and by encouraging kids to get active.
“This new equipment will be a great fit for my students,” said
Coach Alicia Johnson, Health and Physical Education teacher at Bernard
Terrace Elementary. “The more fun we can make exercise for kids,
the more likely they are to continue the habit as adults.”
Bernard Terrace faculty, Baton Rouge General Nurse Practitioner and American
Heart Association staff celebrate new playground equipment with students
at Bernard Terrace Elementary: Joshua Warren, Bernard Terrace Dean of
Students; Chatisy Thomas, Baton Rouge General Physicians Nurse Practitioner;
Demetric Alexander, Bernard Terrace Principal; Bernard Terrace students
Greggory Kinchen; Ron'nea Dorsey; Alexandra Boyd; Lizzie Wallace;
Alicia Johnson, Bernard Terrace P.E. Teacher; Bernard Terrace students
Madison Jackson; Charleigh Grayson; Keyanni Belona; Jeremiah Owens; Oscar
Egedahl; Krystian Richardson; Aamilah Williams; Cori Davis; Chelsea Moreau,
American Heart Association Capital Area Go Red for Women Director; and
Leslie Dozier, American Heart Association Capital Area Heart Walk Director.
Baton Rouge General Physicians Nurse Practitioner Chatisy Thomas speaks
to Bernard Terrace Elementary School students about the importance of
exercise. BRG partnered with the American Heart Association to donate
playground equipment to Bernard Terrace.
About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is the area’s first community
hospital with 588 licensed beds between two campuses. Baton Rouge General
opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community
with high-quality healthcare for generations. Established in 1970, Baton
Rouge General's Regional Burn Center is one of only 125 burn centers
in the U.S. verified by the American Burn Association and plays an integral
role in supporting other Gulf Coast states when the need arises. Baton
Rouge General has been an accredited teaching hospital since 1991, with
medical education programs including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic
Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency
Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For more information, visit
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About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease
and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. We team with
millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger
public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to
prevent and treat these diseases. The American Heart Association is the
nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to
fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call
1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org.