Community-Partner-Updates

Community Partner Updates

See what our Community Advisory Board (CAB) members and partners have been up to! Click on the photo for a gallery of pictures, view a video and read updates. To find out more about our partners, click here to visit our Community Partners page.

PHOTOS 1-4: FitLot built its first outdoor fitness park along the Lafitte Greenway in New Orleans in late January, thanks to volunteers – including Saints NFL punter Thomas Morstead – working together to construct the equipment.
Now FitLot is looking for New Orleans residents to run fitness programs at the park. The FitLot Coaches Workshop will be March 11 and attendees will learn how to put the 1,700 square feet FiLot fitness park to use. With 15 pieces of equipment and 50 attachment sites for resistance bands, the options for circuit training are unlimited. Go to Fitlot.org/coaches to apply.
(Photos courtesy of FitLot and Claire Bangser of rootsandwingscreative.com)

PHOTO 5 and Video Below: The Edible Schoolyard New Orleans is hosting its annual “An Edible Evening” food event and fundraiser on Thursday, March 30, at Langston Hughes Academy Dreamkeeper Garden, 3519 Trafalgar Street, New Orleans. More than 30 restaurants will serve food and refreshments in and around the school’s third-acre garden, featuring flowers, herbs and edible plants that are an essential part of the ESYNOLA’s experiential food and nutrition programming. The event’s proceeds go toward offering more than 4,000 gardening and culinary classes and more than 70 special family and community events that teach children to make healthy connections to the natural world, themselves and their community, through food.
To see a gallery of photos from the 2016 event, click here.
For more information about ESY NOLA, visit www.esynola.org.

PHOTOS 6-7: GirlTrek co-founder Morgan Dixon visited New Orleans in February to meet with local GirlTrek walkers, talk with Tulane University students, and explore new partnerships with groups like the Tulane PRC. With nearly 100,000 neighborhood walkers across the country – 2,000 of which are in New Orleans – GirlTrek encourages black women and girls to use walking as a practical first step to inspire healthy living, families, and communities. Dixon also held a public lecture on Tulane's Uptown campus, sponsored by Tulane's Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, to tell her story and the story of how and why GirlTrek was established. "All of us are worthy of lacing up, starting fresh, and making self-care our mission," Dixon said.
For more information or to join a Trek Team, visit www.girltrek.org.
(Photos by Tulane PRC Staff)

PHOTOS 8-11: Dozens of residents attended the Greater New Orleans Biking and Walking Summit on Jan. 28. The all-day summit brought together community voices to develop an action plan for improving the regional through enhanced mobility. Attendees also participated in a walking audit, an activity that involves scouring streets and sidewalks for things that either prevent or encourage safe walking. The summit, hosted by Bike Easy and facilitated by S&G Endeavors, was supported by a broad, diverse planning committee. The summit resulted in specific action steps and strategies for Bike Easy and its partners.
Bike Easy is also seeking residents to be trained and supported as Complete Streets Ambassadors, who will work to promote streets built to share for walking, biking, transit, and livability in their neighborhoods. Deadline to apply is February 24th. A combination of classroom training and hands-on experience prepares Complete Streets Ambassadors to be leaders in the movement calling for streets built to share that are safe for people walking, biking, and taking transit.
To apply, click here. or visit bikeeasy.org.
(Photos by Tulane PRC Staff)

PHOTOS 12-15: There are multiple events happening this spring at Grow Dat Youth Farm, 150 Zachary Taylor Drive, in New Orleans’ City Park. Grow Dat supports young leaders growing 20,000 pounds of food for their community this year. The Hootenanny!, Grow Dat’s annual barn dance benefit, is April 21, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Youth leaders will host farm games and food-themed activities, local restaurants will cook up small plates, musicians will play boot-stompin’ tunes, and guests will enjoy unlimited beverages. Tickets and more information at: growdatyouthfarm.org/hootenanny. The Grow Dat Farm is also hosting its Dinner on the Farm: A Spring Series at 5:30 p.m. on March 26 and March 13. The dinners include cuisine from award-winning chefs and a tour of the farm. Tickets and more information at: growdatyouthfarm.org/farmdinners.
(Photos courtesy of Grow Dat)

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

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