About Us

More than a decade ago, a community task force of educators, medical professionals and health advocates convened in New Orleans to address the prevalence of youth risk behaviors in the region. The result was the formation of Healthy Lifestyle Choices (HLC), dedicated to empowering youth with the knowledge and skills to make healthy choices for a lifetime. Based on best practices and independent research, HLC created school-based programs focused on safety, nutrition, fitness, violence prevention and substance abuse prevention. These programs have proven to increase health knowledge and positively impact youth behaviors.

What started as a movement to improve the lives of children in New Orleans has become a national effort in schools and community centers. Further, HLC has become a strong advocate for wellness and youth risk behavior prevention, serving as a featured presenter at national conferences, and assuming a leadership role in advancing obesity prevention and other wellness initiatives.