The City of New Orleans received a $700,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in July 2016 to continue support community health and wellness. This grant will specifically fund a partnership between the City of New Orleans Health Department’s FIT NOLA initiative, the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC), the New Orleans Recreation Development Foundation, Market Umbrella, Louisiana Public Health Institute and community wellness programs through 2018. The “FIT NOLA Live Well” program will improve health outcomes for vulnerable families by connecting them with free fitness programming at NORDC parks and with local farmers markets where they can receive vouchers for fresh fruits and vegetables.
“This significant investment by the WK Kellogg Foundation in the Fit NOLA Live Well program demonstrates that they are committed to advancing the health equity in the communities we serve. We’re proud to have been involved with the inception of Fit NOLA Parks in 2012 and are excited to continue partnering to create avenues for better health outcomes for our residents," said Joseph Kimbrell, CEO of LPHI.