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Jun 172016
 
Residents work out during fitness classes organized by Friends of Lafitte Greenway (Tulane-Canal Neighborhood Association).

Residents work out during fitness classes organized by Friends of Lafitte Greenway (Tulane-Canal Neighborhood Association).

The Tulane-Canal Neighborhood Association will be focusing on health and wellness over the next year, and this week formed a committee tasked with organizing fitness events and nutrition classes.

Jacob Rickoll, the association’s president, pointed to statistics about the low average life expectancy of resident living in the Tulane-Canal area during a monthly board meeting Wednesday. It’s a number, he said, that needs to be changed.

“In this area is the life expectancy is 55 years old. Four miles to Lakeview, it’s 80 years old,” Rickoll said. “That’s why I’m really committed to having more healthy living events.”

As an example, he pointed to Get Fit the Green Way, a series of free, outdoor fitness events on the Lafitte Greenway.

The program is a partnership between Friends of the Lafitte Greenway and a handful of local fitness organizations, including FitLot, NOLA Aikido, NOLA Capoeira, The Sweat Social, and The ReFresh Coalition. It most recently offered free zumba classes, and Rickoll said his goal was for the neighborhood association to do similar programs.

Association members also announced during a monthly meeting on Wednesday that members would begin to focus on blight, litter and code enforcement, and formed a committee to oversee neighborhood beautification.

Members also assembled a community outreach committee, tasked with marketing and organizing volunteers, and a safety and security committee that will focus on crime prevention and bike and pedestrian safety.

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