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

Students-gain-research-experience-with-Movin-for-LIFE-at-the-Tulane-PRC

Students gain research experience with Movin' for LIFE at the Tulane PRC

Core Research

Published: October 25, 2018

Tulane students are getting first-hand experience in conducting community-engaged research through Movin' for LIFE (Lasting Improvements for Fitness and Energy), a five-year project led by the Tulane Prevention Research Center. The project is moving into its last year, and this fall students are conducting final assessments to determine whether Movin' for LIFE has made an impact in New Orleans’ Upper and Lower 9th Ward communities. "Our student team is invaluable to this phase," said Movin'…

Read More

Tulane-team-releases-guide-to-innovative-local-nutrition-and-food-work

Tulane team releases guide to innovative local nutrition and food work

Food Environment Research

Published: October 24, 2018

Navigating the New Orleans food and nutrition scene just got easier. An interdisciplinary team at Tulane University recently developed the "Resource Guide to Innovative Work in Food & Nutrition in New Orleans." This free guide was produced by Tulane Nutrition, part of the university's School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, with support from The Food Trust's Center for Healthy Food Access and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Tulane staff from the Tulane Prevention Research…

Read More

New-Orleans-community-health-assessment-supported-by-Tulane-PRC-practicum-intern

New Orleans community health assessment supported by Tulane PRC practicum intern

Education & Engagement

Published: October 24, 2018

While interning with the New Orleans Health Department this summer, one Tulane student discovered that best practices in disease prevention and health improvement are often a community affair. Jack Healy, a graduate student studying epidemiology at Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, supported the second New Orleans Community Health Assessment during his practicum internship this summer. Being an integral part of the department's work to identify and address the city's most pressing health…

Read More

Message-from-the-Director

Message from the Director

Education & Engagement

Published: October 23, 2018

I just realized that we really don't talk enough about the caliber of students who participate as interns in the Tulane PRC Health Promotion Practicum Program. Yes, we do an e-newsletter story on students who have accomplished something interesting and/or noteworthy during their practicum responsibility. Sometimes these stories even make it into Tulane University's campus-wide news outlet, now called Tulane Today. But I don't think we talk enough about ALL of our master's level students…

Read More

Tulane-PRC-presentations-at-APHA-2018

Tulane PRC presentations at APHA 2018

Core Research Education & Engagement

Published: October 23, 2018

The role of public spaces for physical activity and strategies for disseminating health promotion resources are among the topics that will be presented by Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) faculty, staff and students at the upcoming American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting. The meeting, held Nov. 10-14 in San Diego, Ca., 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…

Read More

Team-Spotlight-Graduate-Student-Office-Assistants

Team Spotlight: Graduate Student Office Assistants

Education & Engagement

Published: October 23, 2018

Meet the newest members of the Tulane Prevention Research Center’s team. Our Graduate Student Office Assistants provide critical support to the center’s work. The fall 2018 cohort of assistants include: Kaitlin Gibson, Precious Nwajei, Colette Maser, Maggie Heidepriem, Emma Ortega, Gabriella St. Angelo, and Naomi Suematsu. Click here to read their bios on Our Team page.

Read More

Community-Partner-Updates

Community Partner Updates

Education & Engagement

Published: October 23, 2018

See what our Community Advisory Board (CAB) members and partners have been up to recently! Click on the photo for a gallery of pictures, and read below for related updates. To find out more about our partners, click here to visit our Community Partners page. Fit NOLA: Pictures 1-5 (Pictures 1-2) The Big Easy Open Streets event took place on September 15, 2018. The City of New Orleans, Fit NOLA and partners hosted the free…

Read More

Active-Steps-HIIT-Training-for-workout-lovers-and-beginners-on-the-go

Active Steps: HIIT Training for workout lovers and beginners on the go

Physical Activity Research

Published: October 23, 2018

Being physically active is essential to a healthy lifestyle, but often it is difficult for individuals to get into a healthy routine pattern. With work, school, children and all the other obligations life brings, it can be difficult to dedicate enough time to healthy living. What if there was a physical workout with enough intensity to target the entire body – all under 30 minutes or less? High Intensity Interval Training – also called HIIT…

Read More

Nutrition-Bites-Whats-with-all-the-cauliflower-hype

Nutrition Bites: What's with all the cauliflower hype?

Education & Engagement Food Environment Research

Published: October 22, 2018

Every year it seems that there is a new "in" vegetable for your health. Right now, that vegetable is cauliflower. Why is cauliflower so popular? Partially because it is an abundant nutrient source and partially because it is so versatile in the kitchen. One cup of uncooked cauliflower is 25 calories, 3 grams of fiber and 5 grams of carbohydrates. One cup contains 77% of vitamin C, 19% of vitamin K and 8% of Manganese…

Read More

Tulane-PRCs-Health-Promotion-Practicum-Students-Apply-Now

Tulane PRC's Health Promotion Practicum - Students Apply Now!

Education & Engagement

Published: October 22, 2018

The Tulane Prevention Research Center is offering six competitive practicum internships that provide students with real-life experience in the field of health promotion working with selected partners of the Tulane PRC. The practicum program is limited to Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine students. Preference is given to graduate-level students who have not yet completed a practicum, but practica have been awarded to exceptional undergraduate students in the past. The practicum hosts are…

Read More

canary