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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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Tulane student works with Spanish-speaking health support group

Core Research (Movin' for LIFE)

Published: September 24, 2016

Forming close ties to the Spanish-speaking clinic patients she served, Tulane graduate student Erica Makar had the opportunity to apply her public health coursework and gained experience in leading support group sessions on key nutritional practices. The ultimate goal of the program she worked with was to reduce rates of obesity and diabetes. Makar was "able to cross the cultural boundaries and understand the differences in the Latin community," said her supervisor Fernando Sosa, a…

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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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Citizen health advocates to be trained in new leadership institute, hosted by Tulane PRC

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

Published: April 28, 2016

Anyone can be a health leader and improve their communities, if given the right tools and skills. That's the goal of a new two-year citizen-training project led by Tulane health researchers and community engagement staff. Starting this spring, NOLA LEADS – which stands for Leadership Education & Action on health Disparities – will recruit 50 individuals from across New Orleans to participate in an institute, which includes a series of six trainings held over three…

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30th Anniversary: Bunny Friend Neighborhood steps into shape with Tulane PRC support

Core Research (Movin' for LIFE) Education & Community Engagement Projects

Published: April 28, 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. The Bunny Friend Neighborhood Association is a group of residents in New Orleans' Upper Ninth Ward that are committed to the well-being of the community. Tulane Prevention Research Center…

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Message from the Director

Core Research (Movin' for LIFE) Education & Community Engagement Projects

Published: April 28, 2016

There has been a lot going on with Tulane PRC presentations this spring semester. It has been really busy, and I thought you might be interested in hearing about some of the various audiences we have been reaching with our PRC work. (Click on the photo above to see a slideshow of pictures from some of the presentations.) The only international presentation occurred in Vienna, Austria, at the Conference on Nutrition & Growth which was…

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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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Recording Available: Health Equity Research and Practice Webinar

Core Research (Movin' for LIFE)

Published: April 25, 2016

UPDATE: Click here for this webinar's recording, slides, and additional materials Please join the Tulane Prevention Research Center for a free webinar on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, from 12-1 p.m. CT, co-sponsored by the Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health and the American Public Health Association. Presenter Name: Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH Presenter Title: Research Professor, Department of Community Health and Prevention, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University UPDATE: Click here…

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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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Win for healthy food choices on City of New Orleans properties

Core Research (Movin' for LIFE) Food Environment Research

Published: March 01, 2016

New Orleans city government employees and visitors will soon have more healthy food options when on city properties. On Monday, Feb. 22, the City of New Orleans announced healthy updates to its vending and food service policy. The updated policy will not only make it easier for city employees and residents to make healthier food choices, but also challenges local businesses, surrounding communities, and the state of Louisiana to enact similar policies. The new policy…

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New training developed for Cooking Matters volunteer nutrition educators

Core Research (Movin' for LIFE) Education & Community Engagement Projects

Published: December 21, 2015

Classes that provide hands-on cooking skills and education about healthy eating on a budget to low-income families in the New Orleans area are moving to the next level, thanks to help from a Tulane public health graduate student. Graduate student Kara Lubeck not only coordinated and led many Cooking Matters classes as an intern with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, she also developed a new volunteer training program for…

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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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Nutrition Bites: Hot Topic - Probiotics

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

Published: December 21, 2015

Gut health is getting more attention as research reveals the benefits of a balanced microbiota, or the microbe population in the intestine. Prebiotics are also gaining popularity due to their direct impact on gut microbiota, but what do we really know about probiotics? What are probiotics? The Food and Agriculture Organization and The World Health Organization define probiotics as “Live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” More…

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The future of medicine is food - Quartz

Core Research (Movin' for LIFE)

Published: November 10, 2015

Quartz The future of medicine is food Quartz Since 2012, first and second year students at Tulane University School of Medicine in Louisiana have been learning how to cook. Since the program launched, Tulane has built the country's first med school-affiliated … Fans of the program, including …

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APHA presentations set for Tulane PRC and its CAB members

Core Research (Movin' for LIFE)

Published: October 28, 2015

School-based nutrition initiatives, social media and mobile phone technology, and projects that support the community health worker workforce are a few of the topics that will be presented by Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) staff and Community Advisory Board (CAB) members at the upcoming American Public Health Association's Annual Meeting. The meeting, held Oct. 31-Nov. 4 in Chicago, Ill., will draw more than 12,500 public health professionals, community members, researchers, and advocates from across the…

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Community health hub supported by Tulane practicum intern

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

Published: October 28, 2015

By interning with an innovative collaboration at the ReFresh Project in New Orleans, one Tulane graduate student is learning more than he expected about how to bring together different interests and plan health programs for the community. Since this summer, Connor Cushman, a second year graduate student at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has worked to develop programming and evaluation plans for the ReFresh Project, a community health hub. ReFresh uses…

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Eat Dat! cookbook shows how to be healthy on a budget

Core Research (Movin' for LIFE) Education & Community Engagement Projects

Published: October 01, 2015

Eating nutritious and healthy meals can be affordable, and a new cookbook from the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) gives residents in New Orleans and across the country a guide. With 80 pages of recipes and healthy eating tips, the Eat Dat! cookbook breaks down the costs and nutritional content of delicious and often quick meals. “We created the cookbook based on feedback from neighborhood associations and community-based groups we work with in New Orleans,”…

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Lafitte Greenway benefits from Tulane PRC practicum student

Core Research (Movin' for LIFE) Education & Community Engagement Projects

Published: August 24, 2015

Helping residents identify ways to increase availability of local foods and community gardens on the Lafitte Greenway, Kelly Bond, a recent master's level graduate from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, supported the nonprofit Friends of Lafitte Greenway (formerly Friends of Lafitte Corridor or FOLC) for her practicum this summer. Recently, Friends of Lafitte Greenway has been focusing on the 2.6-mile greenway's grand opening, as well as building programming and promoting…

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Nutrition Bites: Back to School Basics

Core Research (Movin' for LIFE) Education & Community Engagement Projects

Published: August 24, 2015

In August, Kids Eat Right Month highlighted some great ideas to support nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for students headed back to school. Here are a few ideas to get students eating healthy this school year. Breakfast can be a hard thing to fit into a busy morning; however, kids who eat breakfast are more likely to concentrate better, retain more information, and excel to higher levels in both reading and math! The night before,…

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