The Links, Incorporated established the Health and Human Services facet in response to the chronic health disparities that persist in our communities and result in the decreased life expectancy of African-Americans.
The Baton Rouge Chapter and La Capitale Chapter of The Links, Incorporated have teamed up with Mayor Kip Holden's Healthy BR Initiative in an effort to focus attention on solving the problem of childhood obesity.In Louisiana, 47% of children are considered overweight and at risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure and other diseases later on in life. The partnership will focus on building more ties with local schools to educate children and their parents on the importance of nutrition and physical activity.
Combating childhood obesity is imperative to the Baton Rouge Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, and as such the chapter donated over $11,000 to ExxonMobil YMCA to fund scholarships for low-income youth to attend The Links Boot Camp.
Through this boot camp kids were able to take advantage of swimming lessons, nutrition classes, and the basics of strength and cardiovascular conditioning for children in their age group. They engaged in fun, safe and suitable physical activities while learning about nutrition and healthy lifestyles. The Links donation enabled over 140 kids to participate in the boot camp.