Legislative-Briefs-Government-actions-on-obesity

Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

June 2016

National law aims to increase physical education and recreation in schools:
The Louisiana Department of Education (DOE) will be hosting a series of public meetings this summer across the state on the national Every Student Succeeds Act. This federal law adds physical education back into the list of core subjects for schools after it was taken out by No Child Left Behind. The state is preparing a long-term plan to implement the law’s guidelines and seeking public comments and feedback in the process.
In the public meetings, State Education Superintendent John White will discuss with parents, educators, and communities about the opportunities provided under the new federal law and receive feedback on what updates need to be made to the state’s education system.
The New Orleans meeting will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 2-4 p.m., at Woodson/KIPP Central City Academy, 2514 Third St., New Orleans, LA.
For more meeting dates and locations, as well as additional information about the Every Student Succeeds Act, please visit the DOE website www.louisianabelieves.com.

Louisiana expands Medicaid coverage:
More than 200,000 people have signed up for Louisiana's new expanded Medicaid program since enrollment opened June 1, 2016, according to news website modernhealthcare.com. The coverage expansion takes effect July 1.
Louisiana is the 31st state to expand eligibility requirements for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act to adults with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level. The expansion came after Gov. John Bel Edwards pushed for state lawmakers to approve it earlier this year.
For more information about the expansion, visit the Department of Health and Hospitals website by clicking here.

Updated bike map for New Orleans unveiled:
New Orleans' new bike map – and its accompanying safety guide – debuted to the public in May 2016, outlining popular trails, routes, and more than 100 miles of bike lanes across the city.
In its third edition, the new map reflects the latest additions to the New Orleans Bikeway Network (as of April 2016) and new connector routes suggested by the public. The Guide to Safe Cycling provides drivers and riders with an overview of traffic laws so that everyone can stay safe and legal on city streets, as well as a new guide to Trail Etiquette.
The map is the product of several sponsors: local advocacy group Bike Easy, the City of New Orleans government, and the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission.
Printed copies are available free of charge at all New Orleans Public Library branches, local bike shops, and Bike Easy events. Or download a free copy below.
English
En Espanol
Bang tieng Viet

Lawmakers adopt Louisiana Farm to School Program Act:
Schools across Louisiana may soon see more local foods in their cafeterias and classrooms, thanks to a new statewide law.
The law – the Louisiana Farm to School Program Act – takes steps to coordinate information, resources and food suppliers so that fresh, local food can be served in more Louisiana school cafeterias. The law also requires a plan to integrate classroom and hands-on activities related to agriculture, food, health and nutrition into school curricula, or lesson planning.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the bill on June 8, 2016, the final step to the law's adoption after approval from both state House and Senate lawmakers. Sen. Francis Thompson, (D-Delhi), authored the bill.
Under the new law, the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, will develop and implement a farm to school program to be administered by the state Department of Education.
Read more about the law and its impact in this Louisiana Farm to School Alliance one-pager or read the full law here.

State ‘vulnerable road users’ bill fails:
Louisiana lawmakers voted down a bill that would have punished drivers who injure or kill someone else using the road not in a vehicle, such as walking or using a wheelchair, motorcycle or bicycle. The proposed law, Senate Bill 171, provides protection for “public road users,” also called “vulnerable road users.” The bill included several possible penalties – such as fines, jail time, license suspension, and other measures – for drivers operating their vehicles in a “careless manner” and causing the injury of a public road user. The bill, authored by Sen. Gary Smith, (D-Norco), passed the state Senate but failed in the House of Representatives.

By Tulane PRC staff
June 2016

Topics:   community health , policy , built environment , food environment , school food , obesity , diet , nutrition , physical activity

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