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CPEX earns grant to support lifestyle initiative

Baton Rouge’s Center for Planning Excellence has earned a grant from a national walkable community organization to support one of its healthy lifestyle initiatives.

The $1,500 award from America Walks’ Community Change Grant program will be used to promote CPEX’s 20-Minute Neighborhood Bingo, a public health initiative that encourages neighborhoods to promote walkability for its residents. The idea is that all necessary services—such as shopping, schools, health care facilities and parks—should be available within a 20-minute walk or bicycle ride for every neighborhood.

The Community Change Grant program helps advocates and organizations that are working to advance walkability through innovative, community-level programs.

“This is an excellent opportunity for residents to explore their neighborhood and identify challenges and opportunities for mobility infrastructure improvements that promote healthy living, a sense of belonging and place, and accessibility to communal assets and everyday needs such a park and grocery store,” Jeannette Dubinin, CPEX’s director of resilience and adaptation, said in a statement.

CPEX coordinates urban, rural and regional planning efforts in Louisiana to improve quality of place and create more resilient communities.

American Cancer Society, OLOL announce partnership

The American Cancer Society and Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Institute have formed a comprehensive partnership, aimed at reducing the number of cancer deaths in Louisiana.

The three-year investment includes a campaign to increase cancer screening rates, patient education and collateral, employee engagement opportunities, and Presenting Sponsor rights for the American Cancer Society Excel Baton Rouge Best Dressed Ball.

While the cancer society partners with every hospital system for things such as patient transportation and lodging grants, the agreement with Our Lady of the Lake is at the most comprehensive level and shows the direct alignment between the two organizations.

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BRECO Federal Credit Union expands its field of membership

BRECO Federal Credit Union is opening its doors to more potential members, after the National Credit Union Administration recently approved the addition of an underserved area to its field of membership.

This allows BRECO to offer its services to anyone who lives, works, worships, attends school and businesses located in parts of Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes.

BRECO was first chartered in 1934 by a group of utility employees from the Baton Rouge Electric Co., which merged with Gulf States Utilities in 1938 and with Entergy in 1994.

Sign up period open for water quality program

The US Department of Agriculture said the signup period for its Clean Lakes, Estuaries, And Rivers initiative (CLEAR30) is open.

Producers may apply for CLEAR30 through Aug. 5.

The program is a nationwide opportunity for landowners and agricultural producers currently implementing water quality practices through the Conservation Reserve Program to enroll in 30-year contracts, extending the lifespan and strengthening the benefits of important water quality practices on their land.

Annual rental payments for landowners who enroll in CLEAR30 will be equal to the current Continuous CRP annual payment rate plus a 20% water quality incentive payment and an annual rental rate adjustment of 27.5%.

To sign up for CLEAR30, landowners and producers should contact their local USDA Service Center. Contact information can be found at farmers.gov/service-locator. Additionally, fact sheets and other resources are available at fsa.usda.gov/crp.

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