To combat the latest national report ranking Louisiana fourth in childhood obesity rates, state leaders are launching a fitness and nutrition challenge called "living well in Louisiana". It's a way you and your family can get fit together.
Shantel Hardison has always been into fitness.
"Probably around seven years old, I started playing basketball," said Hardison.
After playing for Louisiana Tech, she made it all to the WNBA. Now, she's on a mission to help others find a way to get healthy and stay that way as a personal trainer at Fitness World.
"The hardest thing is to make the first step - after that, it's easy," said Hardison.
To get started, you can register online now for "Living Well in Louisiana". Then, you can track everyone in your family's physical activity and diet.
Ryan Voumard, works out six days a week. He tries to be a good role model for his two kids, and thinks the new program will encourage other parents to do the same.
"She's going to follow what I do... I think it's good for their emotional development, their competitive development, physical development," said Voumard.
If you're one of those who gets intimidated by the gym, don't be. Weight-lifter, Drew Aycock, says just ask other members if you need advice.
"I always try to encourage people and if they don't know very well, I like to teach people," said Aycock.
Hardison agrees, and says a little motivation can go a long way.
"I encourage people to just keep going. Keep pushing and each day will get better," said Hardison.
To register for "Living Well in Louisiana", click here.