Health

Nov 14, 2012 11:32 AM by Melissa Canone

FiberCorps preventing childhood obesity in Lafayette

FiberCorps, along with help from LUS Fiber, held #CampFiber2012 on November 5, for community members and leaders to come together and discuss ways for Lafayette to prevent childhood obesity.

The event was held at the Acadian Ambulance campus on North University, which offered a great setting for speakers like Joan Landry of the Picard Center and Bradley Cruice of Lafayette Parish School System to interact with Sean Nolan, of Microsoft Health Solutions via Skype. Childhood obesity is one of the biggest challenges and opportunities our community faces. This is an expensive healthcare cost for everyone and it causes our students to perform poorly in school.

"The Lafayette Parish School System was excited to be invited to participate in the CampFiber2012 for healthcare forum. It is necessary for the Health and Wellness division to have the community's support for tackling childhood obesity. We are eager to partner with local agencies to be a test bed for the progressive technology being developed for this challenging issue," Cruice said.

Because of past efforts brought together by CampFiber for Healthcare, Lafayette was selected as a pilot site for Louisiana Health Information Exchange and the creation of a telemedicine clinic.

"Lafayette's potential as a Living Lab was on full display at #CampFiber2012 for Healthcare, where a dynamic coalition of community partners came together to discuss how to move the needle on fighting childhood obesity. It's discussions like this that will put Lafayette in a leadership position in figuring out how to best leverage fiber-powered technology to build the future of our community," Geoff Daily, Executive Director of FiberCorps, said.

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