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Residents urged to get Movin' for LIFE

Physical Activity Research Special 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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Louisiana promotes toolkit for daycare centers to reduce screen time

Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: February 21, 2017

Children spend an average of seven hours per day using electronic devices including TV, videos, DVDS, computers, tablets, and other handheld devices. Too much screen time can lead to reduced physical activity, thus increasing a child's risk for being overweight or obese. In 2015, Tulane Prevention Research Center faculty co-investigator, Jeanette Gustat, PhD, MPH, partnered with Louisiana Department of Health and the Louisiana Department of Education to begin looking at strategies to reduce screen time…

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Message from the Director

Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: February 21, 2017

I gave up on magazine subscriptions a long time ago. I just never could find the time to keep up with the reading. So, I was pleasantly surprised recently when I received three magazines in the mail in one day. Pleasantly because they were free, and surprised because all three were about health, more or less. I thought I would scan quickly through them and into the recycling bin they would go. But I found…

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Community-Partner-Updates

Community Partner Updates

Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: February 20, 2017

See what our Community Advisory Board (CAB) members and partners have been up to! Click on the photo for a gallery of pictures, view a video and read updates. To find out more about our partners, click here to visit our Community Partners page. PHOTOS 1-4: FitLot built its first outdoor fitness park along the Lafitte Greenway in New Orleans in late January, thanks to volunteers – including Saints NFL punter Thomas Morstead – working…

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Staff-Spotlight

Staff Spotlight

Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: February 17, 2017

Dr. Jylana L. Sheats, PhD, MPH is a behavioral scientist and educator with a passion for working with racial/ethnic and vulnerable populations to reduce health disparities and promote health equity. Within the broader fields of nutrition and physical activity, her research is focused on: 1) examining psychosocial, social, environmental, and policy-related determinants of obesogenic behaviors and chronic diseases; 2) developing and testing technologies to deliver obesity and chronic disease-related behavior change interventions; and 3) utilizing…

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CDC staff visit Tulane PRC

Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: February 16, 2017

For a little over three days in late January, the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) hosted three staff from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The out-of-town guests who visited New Orleans all work for the CDC’s Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers Program, the network that funds all 26 PRCs around the country. The site visit included meetings with the Tulane PRC staff, community partners, government health officials, and Tulane University administration…

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Nutrition Bites: Tips on how to eat healthier and save time

Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: February 16, 2017

In a perfect world, all your responsibilities – personal and professional – can be completed with time to spare. In reality, responsibilities need to be prioritized, and what often falls by the wayside is personal health. While there may be nothing wrong with eating the occasional junk food to indulge a sweet tooth, this indulgence can often begin a junk food cycle, in which any individual with a busy schedule can become a victim. So…

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Active Steps: Staying active during Mardi Gras season

Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: February 16, 2017

You've made your New Year's resolution to exercise more often. You've made it through January and you've settled into your new exercise routine – congratulations! As those pounds slowly come off and your energy gradually increases, you're feeling really good. But then it's February, and King Cake and Mardi Gras season are fully upon us. How can you balance having fun with staying active? While it's important to maintain a regular workout routine, sometimes the…

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Message from the Director

Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: December 15, 2016

I, and all of us at the Tulane Prevention Research Center, would like to thank you for your support, participation and good will throughout the past year. We wish you the very best for the holidays and hope that you fully enjoy whatever plans you have made for this joyous season. We are looking forward to another exciting year of working and playing together, and, to all of you, and us, a healthy and prosperous…

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Staff-Spotlight

Staff Spotlight

Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: December 15, 2016

This newsletter’s featured faculty member is Alyssa Lederer, PhD, MPH, CHES, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University and an affiliated faculty investigator with the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). Dr. Lederer received her PhD in Health Behavior from Indiana University's School of Public Health-Bloomington, MPH in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from Emory University's Rollins School…

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Active Steps: Improving Mental Wellbeing with Exercise

Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: December 15, 2016

Depression is increasingly becoming a common problem for many individuals. It is often difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of depression – because there are so many possible triggers – and even more difficult to find the right coping mechanisms. However, natural coping mechanisms such as physical activity may act as a great natural antidepressant for some people. Physical activity is not only known for improving physical health, but also known for improving mental health.…

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Tulane PRC presentations at APHA 2016

Education & Training Projects Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Policy & Education Special 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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Old Ways of cooking find new learners in 9th Ward

Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: October 01, 2016

By connecting with the old African traditions of cooking with fresh foods, leafy greens, and flavorful spices and herbs, healthy habits can emerge. A series of cooking classes held in New Orleans' Upper and Lower 9th Ward neighborhoods focused on those traditions. The classes, called A Taste of African Heritage Cooking Classes, is one of several traditional cooking programs created by national nonprofit Old Ways. A Taste of African Heritage "blends nutrition and cultural history…

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Community-Partner-Updates

Community Partner Updates

Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: September 30, 2016

See what our Community Advisory Board (CAB) members and partners have been up to! Click on the photo for a gallery of pictures, view a video and read updates. To find out more about our partners, click here to visit our Community Partners page. Photos 1-4: Fit NOLA remixes meetings with Community Sector group New Orleans’ Fit NOLA initiative threw out the typical format of coalitions and partnership meetings at its Community Sector gathering Sept.…

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Message from the Director

Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: September 25, 2016

Recently, while in the supermarket waiting in line to get checked out, my eye fell on the magazine Woman's World. Like everyone else, I guess, I enjoy looking at some of the outlandish headlines on those strange magazines and papers one sees at the checkout counter, such as "Elvis and Martian get married," or some such foolishness. The headline that caught my eye in Woman's World, though, struck closer to home: "Walk off 103 lbs!"…

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Staff Spotlight

Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: September 22, 2016

Gala True, PhD, is an affiliated faculty investigator with the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). She is Research Associate Professor of Medicine and an Investigator with the South Central Mental Illness Research and Education Center (MIRECC) and the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (SLVHCS). Dr. True is a social scientist with over 15 years of experience conducting health services research with vulnerable populations. Her work focuses on improving access to care and the health…

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Message from the Director

Physical Activity Research Special 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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PRCs 30th Anniversary: Community garden network teams up with Tulane PRC

Food Environment Research Policy & Education Special Community Engagement Projects

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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Louisiana partners enourage less screen time for children

Physical Activity Research Special 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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Community-Partner-Updates

Community Partner Updates

Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: June 28, 2016

See what our Community Advisory Board (CAB) members and partners have been up to! Click on the photo to view a gallery of pictures and read the updates below. To find out more about the CAB and our partners, click here to visit our Community Partners page. Photos 1-2: Neighborhoods band together for cleanup effort June was a busy month for five New Orleans neighborhoods that participated in a storm drain cleaning effort to prepare…

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