Legislative-Briefs-Government-actions-on-obesity

Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

Congress dismisses upgrade to school-food standards
The final version of a spending bill from Congress will block or delay efforts by federal food officials to limit the use of potatoes and increase whole grains in school lunches, among other new standards.

That means pizza and French fries will continue to be counted as vegetables.

Some lawmakers and school districts have argued in favor of keeping school food standards status quo because the proposed changes, drafted by the United States Department of Agriculture earlier this year, would be too costly for schools to implement.

Meanwhile, nutrition advocates and a group of retired generals promoting healthier school lunches criticized the spending bill, saying it would keep schools from offering a wider array of vegetables.

The USDA's school lunch proposal is based on 2009 recommendations by the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the proposed changes are necessary to reduce childhood obesity and future health care costs.

To contact federal lawmakers about this and other issues, visit www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml.

State sets goal to reduce childhood obesity
Louisiana will reduce its rate of childhood obesity by 20 percent, from 29 percent to 23 percent, by 2020. That's the goal set by state health officials and researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge in November.

Health Secretary Bruce Greenstein teamed with Pennington to come up with other goals that will need to be implemented through various stakeholders, including governments, as well as individuals.

The goals were announced in conjunction with a release of Pennington's annual report, Louisiana’s Report Card on Physical Activity and Health for Children and Youth. This is the fourth year Pennington has released such a report.

Other goals for 2020 listed in the report are:

*Increase the number of Louisiana adolescents who perform federally recognized levels of aerobic physical activity from the current 23 percent to 32 percent.

*Decrease the rate of high school students who go above the recommended screen exposure time for television and computers from 40 percent to 24 percent.

*Increase the number of high school students who eat enough fruits and vegetables by 40 percent. Currently 9.7 percent of high school students eat three or more servings of vegetables per day, and 3.5 percent eat four or more fruit servings per day.

*Increase access to playgrounds, parks and facilities for physical activity for all children under 18 years old by 20 percent. Currently, 65.6 percent of children in Louisiana live near a park or playground.

To view the report card, visit www.pbrc.edu/report_card.

Other Related Posts

If-you-serve-it-will-they-eat

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…

Read More

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

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…

Read More

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

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…

Read More

Tulane-graduate-student-works-with-community-to-enhance-greenway-

Tulane graduate student works with community to enhance greenway

Education & Engagement

Published: June 05, 2017

As New Orleans continues to roll forward new initiatives to create a more active and healthy community, one Tulane graduate had the opportunity to support one – the city's longest linear public park – as part of Tulane Prevention Research Center’s (PRC) Health Promotion Practicum program. The Lafitte Greenway is a 2.6-mile multi-use trail that allows both pedestrians and cyclists to travel from Mid-City to the French Quarter while connecting neighborhoods, green spaces, and recreation…

Read More

Staff-Spotlight

Staff Spotlight

Education & Engagement

Published: June 02, 2017

Megan Knapp, MPH, is a doctoral student and research assistant at the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). She supervises data entry and assists with PRC activities that aim to reduce or prevent overweight and obesity in the Greater New Orleans area. As a PhD student at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, she is studying under the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences. She is a graduate of Emory University…

Read More

PRC-network-hosts-Food-and-Obesity-Symposium

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…

Read More

Message-from-the-Director

Message from the Director

Education & Engagement

Published: June 02, 2017

Lots of exciting stuff coming up. The Tulane Prevention Research Center is hosting two community events and we look forward to seeing you there. The Movin' for LIFE 9th Ward Family Health Fair will be held at St. Mary of the Angels Church Gym, 3501 N. Miro St., New Orleans LA, on Saturday, August 12, 2017, from 10 am to 3 pm. Movin' for LIFE is encouraging families to come and have fun, learn about…

Read More

Community-Partner-Updates

Community Partner Updates

Education & Engagement

Published: June 02, 2017

See what our Community Advisory Board (CAB) members and partners have been up to! Click on the photo for a gallery of pictures and read updates below. To find out more about our partners, click here to visit our Community Partners page. PHOTO 1: This spring the New Orleans Health Department announced a partnership with bike advocacy nonprofit Bike Easy and the New Orleans Police Department to train PE teachers and crossing guards at 10…

Read More

Tulane-and-City-of-New-Orleans-launch-bike-share-surveys

Tulane and City of New Orleans launch bike share surveys

Education & Engagement

Published: June 02, 2017

The Tulane University community and residents across the city of New Orleans are being asked to voice their opinions and thoughts about bike share in two separate surveys. What is bike share? In Fall 2017, the City of New Orleans will launch a bike share system, powered by Social Bicycles (SoBi). Bike share technology offers online and on-the-spot opportunities to reserve and rent a bike that will take you where you need to go. At…

Read More

Nutrition-Bites-Making-Smart-Food-Choices-at-Festivals

Nutrition Bites: Making Smart Food Choices at Festivals

Education & Engagement

Published: June 01, 2017

As the summer months approach, so do a wide variety of food and music festivals. The summer includes French Market Creole Tomato Festival, ESSENCE Festival, Satchmo SummerFest, and the list goes on and on. With so many delicious food and drink options to be found, it can be tough to make healthy choices. Below are some simple tips on how to enjoy the festivals throughout the season without packing on the extra pounds. Keep portions…

Read More

canary