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Louisiana 2nd worse in health ROI; Farm to Table; TFL

Written by  // Wednesday, 30 July 2014 11:05 //

new-orleans-convenionToday's edition of "Louisiana Shorts", focusing upon business, organizations and events, our attention goes to "Farm to Table", Smoke Free Living and Louisiana ranked  2nd worst (in the nation) ROI health:

 

According to the report by Wallet Hub, "with August being National Immunization Awareness Month and the cost of health care continuing to disappoint Americans, it  conducted an in-depth analysis of 2014's States with the Best & Worst Health ROI.

How did Louisiana get such an honor?

To examine the quality of American health care relative to its cost, WalletHub used data from 47 states to construct a health-related return on investment (ROI) metric. In doing so, WalletHub can educate Americans on the level of care they can expect for the price they must pay in their states.

Key Sub-Rankings in Louisiana’s Health ROI (1=best) 

• 48th – Based on America’s Health Ranking Annual Report
• 47th – Based on Death Rates (adjusted by age group)
• 22nd – Based on Average Individual Health Insurance Premiums
For the full report, please visit:
http://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-the-best-worst-health-roi/5247/

In sum, Louisiana's health insurance premiums ranked 22nd in the nation has produced a poor result based upon death rates and the state's annual health ranking.

Farm to Table

Hungry for how discovering the new technologies and processes in which products from the farm make it to the table?
If so, head to the “Farm to Table International Symposium (F2Ti)” starting Saturday--an annual event featuring the brightest thought leaders and leading practitioners in the burgeoning farm-to-table movement. F2Ti explores the cultivation, distribution, and consumption of food and drink sourced locally. Topics include the best practices for urban farming, bringing products to market, sourcing locally, sustainability and the latest with the imposing Food Safety Modernization Act.
This year’s headliners are Honorary Chairman, Michel Nischan, CEO of Wholesome Wave and Edward Avalos, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, USDA.

The Symposium begins Saturday, August 2 through Monday, August 4, 2014
Here are the details and major events:
Topics include the best practices for urban farming, bringing products to market, sourcing locally, sustainability and the latest with the imposing Food Safety Modernization Act. F2Ti is produced by the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in partnership with the SoFAB Institute and the LSU AgCenter. Visit f2t-int.com for more information.
The Symposium takes place in tandem with the Louisiana Restaurant Association’s Annual Foodservice & Hospitality EXPO, an event featuring related exhibits and attracting food and beverage professionals from across the country.
F2Ti is produced by the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in partnership with the SoFAB Institute and LSU AgCenter.
• Saturday, August 2, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m: Opening Keynote Address: “Sustainable Food System: Problem or Opportunity?” by Honorary Chairman, Michel Nischan, CEO of Wholesome Wave.
• Saturday, August 2, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m: General Session: “Farm to School Movement: Evolution and Future” by Anupama Joshi, Executive Director & Co-Founder, National Farm to School Network.
• Saturday, August 2, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m: General Session: “The Process: Moving Farmers and Chefs Closer to the Same Table,” by Matthew Raiford, CheFarmer, Gilliard Farms.
• Sunday, August 3, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m: General Session: “Processed Food: Why It’s Crucial to Farm to Table,” by Rachel Laudan, Ph.D., Historian and Author.
• Sunday, August 3, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m: Kitchen & Bar Summit: Moderated by Philip M. Dobard, with panelists Michel Nischan; Jason Wilson, Founder and CEO of Back Forty Beer Co.; and Chef Brandon Boudet of Little Dom’s.
• Sunday, August 3, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m:
General Session: “Food and Energy,” by Jay Hakes, Director (Retired), Jimmy Carter Presidential Library.
• Monday, August 4, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m:“Genetically Modified Foods,” by Nathanael Johnson, Food Writer, Grist.org and Liz Williams, J.D., President, SoFAB Institute.
• Monday, August 4, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m: Closing Keynote Address by Edward Avalos, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, USDA.
Detailed schedule information can be viewed here:
http://f2t-int.com/sessions-overview/schedule-of-events-2014/
HOURS:
• Fri, August 1 - Registration Open 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
• Saturday, August 2 - Registration opens 8:00 a.m.,
Exhibits Open 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
• Sunday, August 3 - Registration opens 8:30 a.m.,
Exhibits Open 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
• Monday, August 4 - Registration opens 8:00 a.m.,
Exhibits Open 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
WEBSITE: http://f2t-int.com/

TFL

As the Regional Manager for the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) for the New Orleans area, I build support and awareness for the importance of safer and healthier environments for all citizens in Louisiana, including the students inLouisiana.

I applaud Tulane University and the University of New Orleans (UNO) for implementing a policy that prohibits the use of tobacco products across the entire campus. Tulane and UNO join the more than the 1,300 U.S. universities that are striving to protect students, faculty and staff from the dangerous effects of tobacco use.

We’ve come a long way in expanding tobacco-free policies across Louisiana. These policies clear the air for more of our students, faculty and staff and it encourages them to either quit or never start using tobacco.

This accomplishment would not have been possible without the foresight and courage of the UNO and Tulane administrations who acted on the knowledge that the University’s students, faculty, staff and visitors want and deserve to breathe clean, smoke-free air. Across Louisiana, state and local policymakers are joining the movement to make Louisiana’s air healthier for all, and now Tulane and UNO can proudly say that they’re part of that movement, too.

Sincerely,
Geoff Brien

Regional Manager, Region 1
The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living

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