Message-from-the-Director

Message from the Director

Well, summer has arrived in full force – and I think we all know it when we step outside and are bathed in the heat and humidity that is so typical of New Orleans in the good ole summer time. I know that most of us have difficulty even thinking about engaging in any physical activity outside for any length of time when it is so hot, but I have been assured that the more you do this, the more used to it you become. And I am finding that to be true. the other hand, if you really find it difficult, I would like to recommend using an exercise DVD that can motivate and guide you through some physically engaging activities inside in the air conditioning. And I would like to recommend some that my doctor recommended to me. Leslie Sansone has some inexpensive DVDs that are based on walking in place that have been very successful for folks who have used them. I am enjoying mine very much. Please understand, I am not in the business of promoting any products, but I thought I would mention these because they are based on walking and are really easy for any age group.

Also, the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) will be looking for community volunteers to work with us. We are just beginning this idea, so we will be exploring as we go along. Tulane University has a volunteerism program whereby a few documents have to be completed to be an official volunteer and duties will be specifically outlined. We are looking forward to working with folks. So if you are interested, please contact either me (cjohnso5@tulane.edu), Catherine Haywood (chaywoo@tulane.edu), or Revonda Darensbourg (rdarens@tulane.edu).

Carolyn C. Johnson, PhD, FAAHB
Director, Tulane Prevention Research Center

Topics:   community health , walking , physical activity

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