A significant number of organizations now partner in the Lighten Up Louisiana initiative, some of which include NBC, Bally total fitness, COX communications, Governor’s games, Louisiana department of health and hospitals, and LaCHIP – Louisiana’s children’s health insurance program. Lighten Up Louisiana has become a driver for change and a facilitator supporting health improvement initiatives. More than 20 celebrities have publically endorsed the Lighten Up Louisiana program, provided content, and actively participated in recruiting efforts.
Since the program commenced in 2004, Lighten Up Louisiana has engaged more than 100,000 citizens in preventative health. Louisiana is no longer the US’ most obese state, having moved up 12 positions since health interventions commenced. The State of Louisiana now ranks 37th in the US for obesity and is one of very few states recognizing a significant improvement in aggregate health of its citizens.