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Residents urged to get Movin' for LIFE

Physical Activity Research Education & Community Engagement Projects

Published: February 21, 2017

The Tulane University Prevention Research Center (PRC) is encouraging residents of New Orleans to walk more with a new campaign that highlights maps of walking routes throughout the city's Ninth Ward. An outdoor advertising campaign using billboards, bus shelters and street poles was also conducted from January to February 2017 as part of a five-year initiative called Movin' for LIFE (Lasting Improvements for Fitness and Energy). The initiative is led by the PRC with input…

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School crossing guard manual paired with biking, walking safety education

Core Research (Movin' for LIFE) Physical Activity Research

Published: December 19, 2016

Kids in Louisiana get to school in many different ways but walking is usually involved at some point – whether that's from a parent's car, a school bus, home, or after locking up a bike. To make the journey safer, the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) recently created a school crossing guard manual at the request of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Click here to download a copy of the manual. The creation…

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Tulane PRC presentations at APHA 2016

Core Research (Movin' for LIFE) Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Education & Community Engagement Projects

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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Active Steps: Maintain a Healthy Workout Schedule

Physical Activity Research

Published: September 21, 2016

Now that summer is winding down, schedules are beginning to fill up. You may suddenly be finding it hard to fit exercise into your schedule. Instead of skipping your workout, consider following a few of these tips to stay active throughout the day. Workout with a Friend Ask a friend to come running with you or to an exercise class. Not only will you motivate each other, but you will help hold each other accountable…

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Body size & body satisfaction

Core Research (Movin' for LIFE) 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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Message from the Director

Physical Activity Research Education & Community Engagement Projects

Published: June 28, 2016

I have some really interesting information to share. I recently attended a "Nature Champions" workshop conducted by the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF). I always viewed the National Park Rangers as uniformed men and women who protect and maintain all of the federal nature reserves, the national parks and waterways. But they are much more than that. I was truly impressed by the…

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Louisiana partners enourage less screen time for children

Physical Activity Research Education & Community Engagement Projects

Published: June 28, 2016

Too much time sitting in front of the television or watching a phone or tablet is linked to poor school performance, childhood obesity and attention problems. Starting in 2015, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) has partnered with the Louisiana Department of Education (DOE), LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine – specifically Tulane Prevention Research Center faculty investigator Jeanette Gustat – to participate in…

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Active Steps: Working Out in the Heat

Physical Activity Research

Published: June 28, 2016

Summer is finally here and is a great time to be outside! However, with summer comes higher temperatures and humidity which can be dangerous if you are not careful. If you are someone who likes to exercise outside, follow these six tips to stay safe and healthy. (Important note: You should consult your physician or other health care professional before starting or altering any fitness program to determine if it is right for your needs.)…

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Students showcase Tulane PRC research at conferences

Core Research (Movin' for LIFE) 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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Active Steps: Walk to Better Health

Physical Activity Research Education & Community Engagement Projects

Published: April 28, 2016

(Photos: Tulane Prevention Research Center staff and students celebrated National Walking Day April 6 with a walking break in downtown New Orleans) The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, that's 30 minutes a day 5 times a week, to prevent cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and many other diseases. The average U.S adult walks only 5,000 steps per day! This means that most Americans lead a sedentary lifestyle putting them at…

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Staff-Spotlight

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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The Impact of Prevention Research Centers: Infographic

Core Research (Movin' for LIFE) Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Education & Community Engagement Projects

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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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: March 01, 2016

February 2016 Louisiana Obesity Commission releases final report. The Louisiana Obesity Prevention and Management Commission – formed through Act 580 during the 2014 Louisiana legislative session – officially sunsets this month. Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) has been an active delegate of the commission. For the past 18 months, the commission has met regularly to develop strategies to increase accountability, collaboration and delivery of health services. Its accomplishments include a statewide scan of obesity-related programs,…

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Staff Spotlight: Carolina Gallop

Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Education & Community Engagement Projects

Published: February 29, 2016

Meet Carolina Gallop, a Community Health Worker and new staff member at the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). Her work focuses on the center's Movin' for LIFE project, which incorporates various strategies to promote active and healthy lifestyles for residents within the community. Carolina contributes to this research by working within the community to collect information and resources to help improve diets and physical activity in local neighborhoods. Prior to joining the Tulane PRC, Carolina…

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Staff Spotlight: Irene Williams

Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Education & Community Engagement Projects

Published: February 29, 2016

Meet Irene Williams, a Community Health Worker and new staff member at the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). Her work at the center focuses on the Movin' for LIFE project, which includes various strategies to promote active and healthy lifestyles for residents within the community. Irene works within the community by researching and collecting information with the intent to help improve diets and physical activity in local neighborhoods. Prior to joining the Tulane PRC, Irene…

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Active Steps: Work It Out at Your Desk with 5 Yoga Poses

Physical Activity Research

Published: February 29, 2016

In today's busy world, in which many people are struggling to balance increased workloads and responsibilities and maintain health, managing stress levels is so important. Fortunately, yoga and meditation is not only for flexible individuals and hippies living in California. Anyone can practice mindful exercises to manage stress and increase energy. Taking just 20 minutes each morning to quiet the mind can help to decrease stress levels and increase focus. Now who doesn't want that?!…

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Optimum Performance: Walk your excess weight off - NOLA.com

Physical Activity Research

Published: February 26, 2016

NOLA.com Optimum Performance: Walk your excess weight off NOLA.com In case you're interested, Louisiana ranks fourth as of 2014, with an adult obesity rate of 34.9%. Harvard.edu says, "overweight is defined as a BMI (body mass index, which is a ratio of someone's height and weight) between 25.0 and 29.9; and a BMI of …

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New Movin' for LIFE project works with communities to improve health

Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Education & Community Engagement Projects

Published: December 21, 2015

We all know we should be eating healthfully and getting regular physical activity, but actually doing so isn't always easy. So how can we support communities in New Orleans to meet those goals? The Tulane Prevention Research Center has started a new project – Movin' for LIFE – with the goal of finding out how to help residents in specific neighborhoods improve their diet and physical activity and putting the resources in place to make…

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Prevention Research Centers make impact on policies, systems, and environments

Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: December 21, 2015

When working toward environmental changes, several Prevention Research Centers across the country have been successful thanks to specific steps they each followed. Researchers from seven PRCs across the country, including the Tulane Prevention Research Center, collaborated to evaluate their centers' work and published their findings in the October issue of Preventing Chronic Disease. The PRCs used a framework created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to examine policy, systems, and environmental interventions to…

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Legislative Briefs: government actions on obesity

Core Research (Movin' for LIFE) Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Education & Community Engagement Projects

Published: December 21, 2015

December 2015 Pedestrian and Bike Safety Committee meets to improve pedestrian and bike safety in New Orleans A New Orleans government committee focused on safety for people walking and biking met in October and December – the third and fourth meetings of the group – to develop recommendations on making the city safer for all transportation users, including bikers, pedestrians and people with disabilities. The committee has been receiving public input and reviewing existing laws,…

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