BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – One study claims that 36% of all Louisiana residents are obese, which amounts to a crowd that can fill Tiger Stadium.

As this is the case, a number of locals are taking advantage of community fitness initiatives designed to help people reach and maintain a healthy weight.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor’s Office, for example, has created a health and wellness hub called ‘Healthy BR.’ The organization sponsors activities and events that aim to keep locals in shape while also providing them with balanced nutritious foods. Many of these events and programs are free of charge to the community.

Woman’s Hospital is also inviting the public to take advantage of its personalized weight loss program, which focuses on eating well and working out with the assistance of coaches who are trained to help participants achieve their fitness goals.

Woman’s says registrants who sign up for their Group Balance Session will receive 24 training sessions, 12 wellness seminars, weekly accountability check-ins, and a FREE three-month membership to Woman’s Fitness.

For additional information, visit or call Woman’s Weight Loss Navigator at 225-924-8705 to begin by July 25.

In any case, capital area residents have options when it comes to creating personalized fitness routines and adapting to healthy lifestyles.