Defense will be strong at Strawberry Stadium tonight for the River Bell Classic game between long-time rivals Southeastern Louisiana University and Nicholls State University. Meanwhile, Tangi Tourism and Cajun Bayou Tourism are playing offense off the field to unite their efforts.

They’re hosting a joint tailgate at the game tonight in partnership with the Louisiana Office of Tourism, where people can stop by for crawfish etouffee, boudin balls, crawfish pies, and NSU/Southeastern cookies with a side of Louisiana hospitality.

Each tourism office will also give away a gift basket, and fans who stop by the tailgate can enter for a chance to win.

Though the football game will be the highlighted event for this tourism partnership, the parishes have more up their sleeves.

Each parish is also offering a special day-trip itinerary, with activities like the ever-popular Cajun Bayou Food Trail in Lafourche Parish and the Gnarly Barley in Tangipahoa Parish. Itineraries for both are available at the lacajunbayou.com/explore more website.

Though they’re only a 90-minute drive from each other, each parish offers unique activities that will appeal to residents of the other.

CenterWell

CenterWell’s Fall Festival in Town and Country Plaza on Friday will include music, games, healthy snacks and community resources. The first 150 people present will get a free giveaway bag with holiday essential items.

The festival is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the address is 2240 W. Thomas St.

Smokeout Day

In Louisiana, the statistics from smoking are staggering:

7,200 Louisiana adults die annually from smoking.

Smoking causes about 9 out of 10 of all lung cancer deaths and 8 out of 10 of all deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Lung cancer is the deadliest cancer in Louisiana, causing almost one-third of the cancer deaths in Louisiana.

In Louisiana, 39 percent of adults who have been told they have COPD, emphysema and chronic bronchitis smoke cigarettes.

Smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to develop heart disease, stroke and lung cancer.

Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the U.S., including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke. This is about 1 in 5 deaths annually, or 1,300 smokers every day. On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than non-smokers.

In support of the American Cancer Society, the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health encourages smokers to consider quitting smoking.

The theme of today’s Great American Smokeout Day is: “You don’t have to stop smoking in one day. Start with day one.”

See more about help to quit on A4.

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