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If you serve it, will they eat?

Food Environment Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: June 13, 2017

When it comes to healthy eating for kids, public health experts often look to schools for answers because children spend much of their time and consume much of their calories there. And thanks to national childhood obesity initiatives over the past several years, salad bars are showing up in schools across the country. But do they work? In New Orleans, the national Let's Move! Salad Bars to Schools initiative donated salad bar structures to 43…

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Shopping at farmers markets and preparing food at home are key in healthier diet

Core Research Food Environment Research

Published: June 08, 2017

When residents of two New Orleans neighborhoods tended to shop at a farmer's market or prepare food at home, they also tended to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, according to a recently published study by the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). The study was published in the journal Preventive Medicine Reports in June 2017, and study authors included partners from the project's steering committee. (Click the picture above to see the committee members who…

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Tulane PRC receives grant to support long-standing local committee for healthy food access

Food Environment Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: June 08, 2017

Building on its history to improve the availability of fresh, healthy foods in New Orleans, the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) was recently awarded funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to support the work of the New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee to increase healthy eating opportunities for children and families. "FPAC is grateful for the opportunity to continue our work to guide New Orleans toward a healthier, more sustainable food system," said Elisa…

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PRC network hosts Food and Obesity Symposium

Education & Engagement Food Environment Research

Published: June 02, 2017

More than 100 people gathered in Philadelphia this spring to discuss the availability and marketing of healthy and unhealthy food in their communities. The University of Pennsylvania Prevention Research Center (UPenn PRC) hosted the day-long symposium "Accelerating Policies & Research on Food Access, Diet, and Obesity Prevention" on April 28. The meeting brought together prevention health researchers and public health advocates to discuss today's food environment and focus on future directions for this important health…

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Tulane partners with The Food Trust in launching Center for Healthy Food Access

Food Environment Research

Published: February 21, 2017

Food helps bring people together. But accessing healthy food is a challenge, particularly for people living in underserved neighborhoods. While improvements have been made across the country to bring healthier food to more people in more places, a new coordinated national effort – which includes New Orleans and Tulane University – is seeking to build upon the work of organizations, institutions and businesses by sharing lessons learned, sparking inspiration and testing groundbreaking ideas. Diego Rose,…

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New research shows profitability of healthy changes in corner stores

Food Environment Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: December 19, 2016

Fresh fruits and vegetables are not always on the grocery list when on a trip to the neighborhood corner store, in large part because many corner store owners don't stock produce thinking they aren't as profitable as the longer-shelf-life snack foods and beverages. However, fruits and vegetables may be more profitable for corner stores than was once thought, according to a study by the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) recently published in the Journal of…

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Nutrition Bites: Rethinking Holiday Meals

Food Environment Research

Published: December 15, 2016

Holiday season is in full swing, and for many people that means one last time to indulge before the New Year begins. However, that doesn't mean you have to derail the progress you have made this year. There are plenty of ways to incorporate a healthy lifestyle into holiday fun. One great way to make your holiday dinner a little healthier this year is to leave out the meat. With so many other decadent holiday…

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Tulane PRC presentations at APHA 2016

Core Research Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Education & Engagement

Published: October 26, 2016

Obesity prevention initiatives, social media engagement, and projects involving community health workers are a few of the topics that will be presented by Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) staff and faculty at the upcoming American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting. The meeting, held Oct. 29-Nov. 2 in Denver, Colo., will draw more than 12,000 public health professionals, community members, researchers, and advocates from across the country and world. The Tulane PRC will present, or are…

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As population ages, nutrition may be an issue

Food Environment Research

Published: September 30, 2016

Older adults in New Orleans tend to eat fewer servings of fresh fruits and vegetables and consume less food overall than their younger counterparts, according to a citywide phone survey conducted by the Tulane Prevention Research Center. Adults 75 years of age and older consumed 2.3 servings of fresh produce, compared with a full 3 servings per day for adults less than 50 years of age, and were significantly less likely to get 4 or…

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Nutrition Bites: Eat Healthy and Save Money

Food Environment Research

Published: September 21, 2016

Eating healthy can have many different definitions, but often times what comes to mind when trying to eat healthy is the word “expensive.” Not buying wisely can result in overspending. Here are some tips on how to eat healthy without breaking the bank. Shop in season By shopping for fruits and vegetables that are in season you are able to get the most bang for your buck. In the months of September and October, apples,…

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Body size & body satisfaction

Core Research Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research

Published: June 28, 2016

Many people in New Orleans are not satisfied with their body size with more than half of those in a recent study desiring a body smaller than their own, according to a Tulane Prevention Research Center study published in Health Education & Behavior. Additionally, most people underestimated their actual body size. "A person's perception of themselves has important implications for personal health," said study author Jeanette Gustat, an investigator with the Tulane PRC and a…

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PRCs 30th Anniversary: Community garden network teams up with Tulane PRC

Food Environment Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Education & Engagement

Published: June 28, 2016

The Backyard Gardeners Network is a Lower 9th Ward based nonprofit organization whose mission is to sustain and strengthen the area using food growing traditions as a platform to build community, revitalize the neighborhood and preserve cultural heritage. Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) has supported and partnered with BGN through practicum placements, food policy research and education, and program evaluation. In the field of food access and food policy, BGN and Tulane PRC have interacted…

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Nutrition Bites: Summertime Hydration

Food Environment Research

Published: June 28, 2016

Hydration is a key component in our health that is often overlooked. Now that we are in the heat of summer, with exceptionally high temperatures, hydration is crucial to a safe and happy summer. The human body is made up of about 60% water. Water is imperative for good health and plays many important roles in the body, such as, aiding in flushing out waste products, regulating body temperature, preventing constipation and much more. The…

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Students showcase Tulane PRC research at conferences

Core Research Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research

Published: April 28, 2016

In April, student research assistants at the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) showcased their work and research with two projects at the center. Sara Beth Harrell (photo 2), senior at Tulane Newcomb College Institute, presented at the Engaged Scholarship and Social Justice Undergraduate Research Conference held at Harvard University. Harrell shared the findings of focus groups that were part of Movin' for LIFE, a core research project at the PRC. Following the Health Belief Model,…

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Staff Spotlight

Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research

Published: April 28, 2016

Jeanette Gustat, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and is a co-investigator for the core project (2004-2009, 2009-2014 and 2014-2019 grant cycles) at the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). Dr. Gustat holds degrees from the Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana in political science/English (BA); and from Tulane SPHTM in International Public Health (MPH) and Epidemiology (PhD).…

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Nutrition Bites: Hype Over Hypertension

Food Environment Research

Published: April 28, 2016

About 70 million Americans have it, and in 2013, it was the primary or contributing cause of death for 360,000 Americans. The "it" is hypertension also known as high blood pressure. Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps. When the pressure is consistently too high it is called "hypertension" or high blood pressure which creates an environment where the heart is working extra hard.…

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MONKEY SEE MONKEY DO? - The Advocate

Food Environment Research

Published: April 17, 2016

MONKEY SEE MONKEY DO? The Advocate If youngsters ate more fruits and vegetables, that could help decrease rising childhood obesity rates. In Louisiana, about one-third of all children ages 10 to 17 are obese or overweight, according to the National Child Policy Research Center …

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People don't know how tall they are, or how much they weigh, and that's confusing obesity research - Quartz

Food Environment Research

Published: April 17, 2016

Quartz People don't know how tall they are, or how much they weigh, and that's confusing obesity research Quartz The rapid increase in obesity rates across the world over the past few decades poses a big problem. This increase has not only proved expensive, costing nearly $275 billion annually, but there is also a social cost. The stigma associated with being …

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The Impact of Prevention Research Centers: Infographic

Core Research Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Education & Engagement

Published: March 18, 2016

Learn about the impact of the Prevention Research Centers Program with this new infographic. The Tulane PRC is part of this network of university research centers focused on Building Healthier Communities (2016). Click here to download a PDF of the infographic. Or click on the picture above to see a slideshow of the infographic’s facts and images.

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30 years of Building Healthier Communities Together

Food Environment Research Education & Engagement

Published: March 01, 2016

The Prevention Research Centers (PRCs) Program, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2016. Throughout the year, the Tulane PRC will share stories about its community-based work and partnerships. Click here for more about the 30th Anniversary. ReFresh: Research and cross-sector partnerships support innovative community health hub Many neighborhoods in New Orleans have historically lacked a full-service grocery store, preventing residents from easily buying healthy foods,…

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