Southwest Louisiana

Keeping Things Moving

Southwest Louisiana/Region 5 Creating Real Structural Change

Healthier Southwest Louisiana is the most prominent community-led health partnership in the region, so Southwest LHCC efforts are folded into its efforts and its stated mission: “Get people to move more, eat healthier and stop using tobacco!”

Southwest Louisiana

Meeting Notice:

Meetings rotate locations, dates and times, so to find out when your next area meeting is, please contact the regional chairs listed below or watch for the meeting notice on Facebook.

Southwest Louisiana
Better Block Downtown Lake Charles

Regional Priorities/Goals:

  1. Create a healthier built environment.
  2. Increase access to healthy foods.
  3. Implement comprehensive smoke-free ordinances throughout the region.
Southwest Louisiana
Better Block Downtown Lake Charles

Coalition Activities:

  • Advocate for Complete Streets (i) policy adoption in municipalities.
  • Develop community gardens and food hubs in recognized food deserts to help provide healthy, fresh and local fruits and vegetables to those who need them.
  • Work to implement comprehensive smoke-free ordinances

(i) A policy where communities direct transportation planners and engineers to routinely design and operate the entire right of way to enable safe access for all users, regardless of age, ability or mode of transportation. These include pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders and can include infrastructure such as sidewalks, bike lanes, medians, roundabouts, special bus lanes, accessible public transportation stops and more. For more information, go to

Southwest Louisiana

Past Work/Successes:

  • Better Block Downtown Lake Charles: Temporarily built a major street in to what it would look and feel like if it was built for all modes of transportation.
  • Tuten Park Trail System: Rallied volunteers and funding to re-open a large system of walking trails in Tuten Park, a public park in Lake Charles, that had been closed since 2005 due to Hurricane Rita.
  • KISS Project: Provided 10 weeks of free fitness and nutrition classes for low-income women in Calcasieu Parish. To date, the program has helped over 500 women lose a collective 7,500 pounds.
  • Fit Kids: Enacted program that pairs personal trainers with area summer camps to teach youth workout and fitness tips they can use throughout the school year.
  • Free Fitness and Group Workouts: Hosted weekly free cardio workouts for anyone who wants to join. To date, it has had over 1,000 participants and has become a staple event in downtown Lake Charles.
Southwest Louisiana
Chair John O’Donnell dishing out the goods at a healthy cooking class featuring traditional Native American staples.

Regional Members:


John O'Donnell

Southwest Louisiana/Region 5 LHCC Co-Chair
Healthier Southwest Louisiana Coalition Coordinator
196 Williamsburg
Lake Charles, LA 70605
Office: 337-262-5314

Janice Ackley

Southwest Louisiana / Region 5 LHCC Co-Chair
Tobacco-Free Living Region 5 Manager
707 A East Prien Lake Rd.
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Office: 337-794-1404


• AARP of SWLA• Adrianna Ellis• Aetna• Alisa Stevens• Allie Ieyoub• Allie Mariano• Allison Callahan• Alycia Boullion• Amanda White• American Cancer Society• American Heart Association• American Press• Americorps Lake Charles• Amy Landry• Angela Jouett• Anna Morvant• Annette Ballard• Antoinette Larden• Ariel Caraway• Arlond Goodell• Aunjelle Lafleur• Beauregard Memorial• Becky Cryer• Bertrand Foch• Beth Fontenot• Beth Rist• Bicycle Superstore• Bootsie Durand• Brett Marino• Bykia Ceasar• Calcasieu Community Clinic• Calcasieu Parish Parks and Recreation• Calcasieu Parish Police Jury• Calcasieu Parish School Board• Cameron Parish Police Jury• Carl Comeaux• Carol Ponthieux• Carolyn Smith• Cash & Carry Farmer's Market• Cassondra Guilbeau• Catherine Thomas• Chad Evans• Chamber of SWLA• Charlestown Farmers Market• Chasity Ledet• Cher Walker• Chris Duncan• Christus/St. Patrick Foundation's Wellness Center• City of DeRidder• City of Iowa• City of Lake Charles• City of Sulphur• City of Vinton• City of Westlake• Claire Forbes• Calcasieu Medical Reserve Corps• Cossfit Lake Charles South/PE LCCA• Craig Myers• Dana Jett• David Dewitt• Debbie Gary• Debra Hollingsworth• Denise Durel• Derek Hasha• Dianna Ross• Dolby Elementary• Donna Edwards• Dr. Keith DeSonier• Dustin Guidry• Eligha Guillory• Eljeana Quebedeaux• Ellen Papania• Emily Stine• Episcopal Day School• Erica Kaough• Erin Davidson• Esther Vincent• Evelyn Washington• FK White Elementary• Flavin Realty• Fox 29• Fran Landry• Frederick (Chip) Lemieux• Gary Mertz• Gene Lampson• George Swift• GiGi Kaufman• GiGi's Downtown• Greater St. Mary and Community Garden• Hanie Chiropractic and Strength• Hillary Green• Hope Ortelli• House of Sole Running Store• IMCAL Metropolitan Planning Organization• Industrial Strength Work Rehabilitation Center• Irvin Locque• Jacob Manceaux• Jacqueline Richard• James Mayo• Jami Marras• Jamie Little• Janice Ackley• Jeanne Fontenot• Jennifer Burris• Jenny Barrow• Jessie Bennett• John Davis• Jolly Roger Cycling Club• Julia O'Carroll• Junior League of Lake Charles• Justin Keasley• Kai Ackley• Kate Valentine• Katie Cestia• Katie Herrington• Kay Barnett• Kayla Rigney• Keifer Ackley• Kelli Wimberly• Kelly Miseles• Kenny Stinson• Kevin Auguillard• Kim Conway Pennick• Kip Texada• KPLC• Kristie Evans• L.I.F.E. Fit• Lacy Carter• Ladies Hiking Club of SWLA• Lake Area Industry Alliance• Lake Area Medical Center• Lake Area Runners• Lake Charles Crossfit• Lake Charles Memorial Health System• Larry DeRoussel• L'Auberge Du Lac Casino• Laura Bolton• Lawrence Henagan• Lela Belton• Leslie Duhon• Leslie Petross• Life Share Blood Center• Linda Carrier• Linda Wranosky• Louisiana Cancer Prevention & Control Programs (LCP) at the School of Public Health• Louisiana Restaurant Association• Louisiana Tumor Registry (LTR) at the School of Public Health• LSU AgCenter• Lynn Thibodeaux• Marcus Sawyer• Mary Cole• Mary Edwards• Master Gardners Association of SWLA• Matthew Slaydon• Matthew Welsh• McNeese Health and Human Performance Department• Mcneese Pre-Med Society• McNeese State University Banners Series• McNeese State University Dean of the College of Nursing• McNeese State University Department of Agriculture• McNeese State University, Department of Agriculture• McNeese State University, Department of Business• McNeese State University, Department of Dietetics• McNeese State University, Department of Health and Human Performance• McNeese State University, Department of Nursing• McNeese State University, SEED Center• Melissa Bullard• Memorial LSU/HSC Family Practice Center• Michelle Horak• Mike Lyons• Mike VanGossen• Mindy Henderson• Mona Dosier• Natalie Clark• Nicolas Tramonte• Nicole Goodly• Norma Fusilier• Oak Park Elementary• O'Carroll Group• Office of Public Health• Pat Ortego• Patricia Bettis• Patricia Hosemann• Pauline Hurst• Peggy Wolfe• Peter O'Carroll• Phyllis Aswell• Phyllis Hess• Police Jury• Pops and Rocks• Portia Metoyer• Prien Pines Nursery• Project Fit• Quantrill Benjamin• Rachel Goodell• Ramona Compton• Ramona Lazard• Randy Roach• Region V Louisiana Cancer Control Partnership Coordinator• Regional Coordinator American Heart Association• Registered Dietitian/Diabetes Coordinator• Rhonda Lofdahl• Rick Lee• Roll Indoor Cycling• Sabrah Kingham• Sam Houston Jones State Park• Sasha Baldwin• Scott Lounsberry• Sean Clouse• Selisa Valyan• Sharmita Rideau• Shatonia McCarty• Shimeka Cretein-Bass• Shively Lampson• Skylar Giardina• Souriya Lanavanh• Southern Bicycle Company• Southwest Daily Newspaper• Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center• Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance• Staffing Supervisor at Memorial Hospital• Street Breads• Sulphur Parks and Recreation• Suzanne Emerson• SWLA Center For Health Services• Tarek Polite• Taylor Rossci• Terry Shannon• The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco Free Living (TFL)• The Running Store• Tiara Scott• Tiffany Davis• Tiffany Soileau• Todd Shearman• Tomica Francois• Town of DeQuincy• Town of Iowa• True Blue Water Sports• United Way of Southwest Louisiana• Vernon Tassin• Ward 3 Recreation District• Wayne Oliver• Well Ahead Louisiana• West Cal Cam Hospital• Westlake Parks and Recreation• Zydeco Fitness


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