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

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

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 it happen.

A variety of strategies will be used to promote active and healthy lifestyles. Lessons learned will be used to create a model toolkit for other neighborhoods in New Orleans and beyond. Some aspects of the project have already started, such as talking with community partners, holding focus groups, identifying and mapping resources in the project’s communities, and forming two community-based coalitions.

The two coalitions – representing communities in the Upper and Lower Ninth Ward and, in New Orleans East, West Lake Forest and Little Woods – have been meeting for the past year to guide the project, coming up with the project’s name, logo and other components. Membership in the coalitions is open to the public, and residents in the neighborhoods are encouraged to join.

Additionally, Movin’ for LIFE will include a photovoice project, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Greater New Orleans Foundation. The money will be used to work with up to 40 individuals in the Ninth Ward and New Orleans East to take pictures of their lives and neighborhoods to document what helps them to be healthy, as well as what prevents them from being healthy. A gallery showing will conclude the photovoice project in fall 2016 with the pictures on display for the public, community leaders, and city officials to view.

Movin’ for LIFE will also include a social marketing campaign focused on connecting residents to healthy eating and physical activity resources in their community by using marketing strategies to promote health and conducting outreach through traditional media and social media.

To show the impact of Movin’ for LIFE, observations of outdoor physical activity will be recorded. Soon research assistants, who are students at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, will visit the project neighborhoods to observe outdoor activity. Research assistants will also help map the food environment, or what types of food stores are available and what foods they offer. These measurements will be recorded again in a few years to see if any changes have been made.

For information about Movin’ for LIFE or to join one of the coalitions guiding the project, contact Tulane PRC Program Manager Revonda Darensbourg at rdarens@tulane.edu or 504-988-4188.

By Naomi King Englar, Tulane PRC staff
December 2015

(Photo: The Movin’ for LIFE project name and logo were developed in 2015 with guidance from the Movin’ for Life Ninth Ward and New Orleans East coalitions.)

Topics:   community health , community advisory board , obesity , health communication

Other Related Posts

Message-from-the-Director

Message from the Director

Education & Engagement

Published: March 18, 2019

As I am sure most of our readers know by now, the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) will not be funded for another five years. This is very sad news for all of us here at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, but I am sure it is just as saddening for those of you who have worked with us and partnered with us for the past 20 years. Yes, the PRC has…

Read More

Health-Racism-and-Communication-Seminar-Series

Health, Racism, and Communication Seminar Series

Education & Engagement

Published: March 18, 2019

Starting this month, Tulane PRC will co-host the Spring 2019 Health, Racism, and Communication Seminar Series in collaboration with The Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health (CEMCH) and The Mary Amelia Douglas-Whited Women’s Community Health Education Center (MAC).  This seminar series works to educate attendees about communicating the influence of racism on health. 
 On Tuesday, March 19, Nicole Deggins, CNM, MSN, MPH, Founder and Director of Sista Midwife Productions will address Social…

Read More

Associations-Between-Neighborhood-Park-Quality-and-Usage-Findings-from-a-Tulane-PRC-Study-

Associations Between Neighborhood Park Quality and Usage: Findings from a Tulane PRC Study

Education & Engagement

Published: March 18, 2019

In efforts to better understand factors that may impact physical activity levels of people in their neighborhoods, a study was done through the PRC to evaluate park quality and usage in lower income African American neighborhoods in New Orleans.   Based on prior research, neighborhoods have been classified as an important social determinant of health. “Neighborhood environments can play a role in one’s decision to engage in physical activity. Prior research has shown that lower…

Read More

Community-Partners-Update

Community Partners Update

Education & Engagement

Published: March 18, 2019

Bunny Friend Neighborhood Association (February 16th, 2019) On February 16th, the Bunny Friend Neighborhood Association hosted a green infrastructure workshop in partnership with Water Wise Gulf South at St. Mary of the Angel’s Church. The Green Infrastructure 101 Water Wise Workshop taught community members “do-it-yourself” solutions to reduce flooding while leaving the neighborhood looking beautiful. The event provided refreshments and raffle prizes, including rain barrels and a home assessment for Upper 9th Ward residents. Infrastructure…

Read More

Legislative-Update

Legislative Update

Education & Engagement

Published: March 18, 2019

New Orleans Food Policy Committee is very pleased with the changes recommended by the City Planning Commissions Small Box Store Study. The recommended changes make it much more accessible for residents to access fresh food while also giving food businesses and farmers an economic boost. For more information or to read through the report, check out the City Planning Commissions website or click here While the entire document is very interesting, the recommendations begin on…

Read More

Staff-Update-David-Roston

Staff Update: David Roston

Education & Engagement

Published: March 18, 2019

We are excited to share that David Roston is the new Communications and Disseminations Coordinator for the Tulane PRC. David graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of Michigan with a degree in Screen Arts & Cultures and Master’s of Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. David has an extensive history of working on local and international documentary films and is interested in fusing arts and media…

Read More

Active-Steps-Avoiding-the-March-Fall-Out

Active Steps: Avoiding the "March Fall Out"

Education & Engagement

Published: March 18, 2019

The start of the New Year is often seen as a time to revamp and refocus one’s attention and time on health and exercise. Unfortunately, most people fall into a so-called ‘March fall-out’ after just a few weeks of hard work at the gym. According to the Washington Post, gym attendance significantly increases in the December, January, and February months, but starts to decrease in just a few weeks leading into March. Luckily, there are…

Read More

Nutrition-Bites-Mindful-Eating

Nutrition Bites: Mindful Eating

Education & Engagement

Published: March 18, 2019

Most of the population eats to eat. We are good at it, we know we need to eat in order to fuel our day, but rarely do we spend the time to savor and dissect what is being put into our mouths. Junk food and fast food are not layered with flavor and texture. They do not excite our pallet with new variety. Eating on the go leads to mindless eating and lacks emotional investment…

Read More

Nutrition-Bites-Grocery-Delivery-Service-Can-Save-You-Money

Nutrition Bites: Grocery Delivery Service Can Save You Money!

Education & Engagement

Published: March 18, 2019

Grocery store shopping can be exhausting with multiple rounds of loading and unloading groceries. Plus, the amount of time doubles when you go at the grocery store rush hour from 5-7 PM. No wonder Amazon had an estimated 18% share of online grocery delivery in 2017 with their new acquisition of Whole Foods. The future of grocery stores and how we shop is rapidly changing. Let’s talk about the perks of this method as well…

Read More

Tulane-dietetic-interns-gain-insightful-skills-in-nutrition-and-community-based-programs

Tulane dietetic interns gain insightful skills in nutrition and community-based programs

Education & Engagement

Published: December 18, 2018

This fall, 20 Tulane Dietetic Internship students gained first-hand research and health promotion experience in partnership with Tulane Prevention Research Center and local community organizations. The Dietetic Internship is a 10-month long, non-degree program offered at Tulane University that focuses on community health best practices, health promotion, and disease prevention for students seeking to become registered dieticians. As part of the Dietetic Internship, students completed a rotation with the Tulane PRC. During this time, students…

Read More

canary