November 2015 - In This Issue:
Since its creation in 1994, The Rapides Foundation has sought to improve the health status of Central Louisiana by developing initiatives and strategies intended to impact our community for decades to come.  We invite you to learn more about our work by visiting our website.

The Rapides Foundation focuses its work in three strategic areas:

Healthy People, to improve access to healthcare and promote healthy behaviors.

Education, to increase the level of educational attainment and achievement as the primary path to improved economic, social and health status.

Healthy Communities, to improve economic opportunity and family income, and enhance civic and community opportunities for more effective leaders and organizations.

The Rapides Foundation
1101 Fourth Street, Suite 300
Alexandria, Louisiana 71301
318-443-3394 or 800-994-3394

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Looking Back on 20 Years
Our 2014 Annual Report celebrates The Rapides Foundation's first 20 years by looking back on our history and explaining how it shaped our current projects. We hope you enjoy reading the report and watching the accompanying videos to learn more about the powerful work being done throughout Central Louisiana in support of the Foundation's mission to improve the health status of Central Louisiana. 

Read the 2014 Annual Report and watch the accompanying videos.

Foundation encourages you to "Eat smart. Cook right. Get moving. Find joy."
The Rapides Foundation is encouraging everyone to "Have a Healthy Holiday" by offering healthy recipes, simple exercise video demonstrations, and tips for creating a healthy plan during this holiday season. 

The recipes include: Roasted Red Pepper Walnut Dip; Butternut Squash Latkes; Stuffed Pork Loin Roast; and Chocolate-dipped Nut Bites. Additional recipes from previous years are also included.

As an added bonus, cooking demonstrations for each of the featured recipes with step-by-step instructions on preparing the dishes are available to watch on the Foundation's website and YouTube channel. 

Get all the featured recipes, watch the cooking videos, and see simple exercise demonstration videos.

CDW program graduates Class of 2015
photo of 2015grad brochure Eight Central Louisiana nonprofit leaders graduated from Cenla Execbuilders, a leadership development program for nonprofit senior staff. Cenla Execbuilders, a program of Community Development Works, is designed to identify and develop knowledgeable, skilled, committed, and action-oriented leaders who will have maximum impact on the communities and constituents they serve in an environment of change and competing priorities.

The graduates now join a group of 30 Cenla Execbuilders alumni who participate in the program's peer leadership network. Cenla Execbuilders is a free program, and is open to new or experienced Executive Directors, or up-and-coming executives in Cenla who want to become more effective in their role as leaders of local nonprofit organizations. 

Joe Rosier

The mission of The Rapides Foundation is to improve the health status of Central Louisiana. 

Our vision is to positively impact Central Louisiana by deploying resources to improve key factors of health status.