Tulane PRC core project health fair draws community into world of wellness

With music playing and children testing their hula hoop skills, Delores Price walked from table to table at the Movin’ for LIFE 9th Ward Family Health Fair at St. Mary of the Angels Church Gym on Saturday afternoon.

The New Salem Baptist Church member saw a flier at her church advertising the health fair and gathered other members to learn more about healthful eating, to sample flavorful healthy foods and engage in activity courses.

“This is just wonderful,” she said. “It’s important to learn about healthy lifestyles, and I think it’s a great service to provide to the community. A lot of times people don’t have this important information, so this can help a lot of people start a healthy lifestyle.”

That’s exactly the response the Tulane Prevention Research Center was hoping to create. The event, which drew about 200 people, is just a part of the PRC’s five-year Movin’ for LIFE program, which serves the Upper and Lower 9th Ward.

“We’re really hoping that this is a tool to jump start healthy behaviors in the neighborhood,” said Naomi King Englar, Communications and Dissemination Coordinator for the PRC. “The upper and lower 9th Ward have a lot of great things going on, so we want to promote and enhance that. We just want to be an amplifier for all these great things happening in the community. We couldn’t have done this without the support of the community, so they deserve the credit.”

The Movin’ for LIFE program – which stands for “Lasting Improvements for Fitness and Energy” – uses a variety of strategies to encourage active and healthy lifestyles, such as cooking classes, community walks, dance classes, coalition meetings, and promotion of existing resources in the 9th Ward. Saturday’s event showed off more than a dozen of the group’s partners.

Royliene Johnson, Community Service Director at Caffin Avenue Seventh-day Adventist Church, helped run an information table about the importance of proper hydration, especially drinking water.

“This is just an opportunity for our folks to do some basic blood pressure and sugar checks to let people know where they are with their health,” Director of Community Outreach Jeremy Simmons said. “Then, we’re able to guide them in the right direction to get the care that they deserve. This is definitely one of the larger events, so it’s exciting to see so many resources under one roof.”

Another resource highlighted at the fair was the Good 2 Go Project, which assists New Orleans corner stores to increase the amount of fresh, healthy food they offer. The program is a group effort with Propeller, the City of New Orleans, The Food Trust, Liberty’s Kitchen and Top Box Foods.

Currently five corner stores in the city including the Lower 9th Ward Market on N. Galvez Street participate in the two-month-old program.

“The produce is just flying off the shelves,” Kristine Creveling, Food Program Manager at Propeller, said. “The demand is there, so now we’re just making sure the community knows the resources are there. We started with fruits and veggies, and now we’re going to move into healthier inventory items as the program moves forward. Today has been awesome because you see so many different faces from the community.”

The PRC community outreach will continue in September as the Movin’ for LIFE 9th Ward 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 9. The free event will start and finish at Oliver Bush Playground and Park at 2500 Caffin Ave. The Treme Brass Band will kick off race day festivities. Music, food and drinks will be available after the race. Participants registering with two to three generations from their family will get special awards, and all registered participants will get T-shirts.

By Joseph Halm, Nola.com/The Times-Picayune
(Photos by Stewart Johnson, On-Location Photography)

To read the full story on Nola.com, click here.

Topics:   community health , obesity , nutrition , diet , physical activity

Other Related Posts


Team Spotlight

Education & Engagement

Published: December 13, 2017

This issue's team spotlight is on Linda Ellis-Johnson, co-chair of the Tulane Prevention Research Center's Community Advisory Board (CAB). Linda is a retired educator previously employed by Computer Science Corporation in Indianapolis, Indiana, Indianapolis Public Schools, Orleans Parish Schools, and Jefferson Parish Public Schools. Linda holds an Associate of Arts Degree, Bachelors of English Degree, and a Masters in Guidance and Counseling. In addition to leading the Tulane PRC's CAB, she presently serves as President…

Read More


PRCs gather for Annual Grantee Meeting

Education & Engagement

Published: November 30, 2017

Collaboration and moving research into practice were the focus of the 2017 Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Program Grantee Meeting, Nov. 8-9, 2017, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga. The meeting brought together academic faculty, staff, and community health workers from the 26 PRCs across the country. During the meeting, attendees learned more about the CDC’s expectations for the PRCs to disseminate and translate their research and products and then identified…

Read More


Tulane PRC core project hosts road race, encourages families to get movin'

Core Research Physical Activity Research

Published: November 01, 2017

Dionne Hudson was all smiles after the Movin’ for LIFE 9th Ward 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Sept. 9. As she held her son, she looked around at three generations of family members and friends and just couldn’t contain her excitement. Just a month ago, she had no idea she’d finish a 5K. Hudson said her mother and children were riding around looking for an event, and they stumbled across an advertisement for the Movin’ for…

Read More


Tulane assists in state healthy vending initiative

Food Environment Research

Published: November 01, 2017

Vending machines on Louisiana state property are about to get healthier, thanks to efforts by Tulane University nutrition experts. Tulane staff led by Diego Rose, professor and head of the Nutrition Section at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and a faculty co-investigator at the Tulane Prevention Research Center, and Brittany Kovacs, MPH, nutrition program manager, are working with state officials to implement new nutrition standards in snack and beverage vending machines…

Read More


Great Expectations: webinar focuses on healthy weight during pregancy

Education & Engagement

Published: October 31, 2017

Please join the Tulane PRC for a free webinar titled “Great Expectations: The importance of optimal maternal metabolic health during gestation” featuring: Donna Ryan, MD – Professor Emerita and interim Executive Director, Louisiana State University's Pennington Biomedical Research Center Leanne Redman, PhD – Associate Professor and Director of the Reproductive Endocrinology Lab at Pennington Biomedical Research Center Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT / 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET This…

Read More


Making health more accessible is focus of Tulane intern's practicum

Education & Engagement

Published: October 31, 2017

Interning with one of New Orleans' premiere health ambassadors, Tulane public health student Marcus Vizzutti learned the importance of community medicine and how to make healthcare and wellness more accessible and understandable for everyone. This past summer, Vizzutti, a graduate student in epidemiology, interned with the Doc Griggs Foundation and its Get checked. Get fit. Get moving!(TM) program. The internship involved Vizzutti working as a research assistant for Doc Griggs and his team which included…

Read More


Staff Spotlight

Education & Engagement Food Environment Research

Published: October 27, 2017

This newsletter's spotlight is on Elisa Munoz-Miller, a sub-contractor at the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) and co-chair of the New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee (FPAC). Elisa is working with the Tulane PRC through a grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to support the work of FPAC to increase healthy eating opportunities for children and families. The Tulane PRC is a founding member of FPAC, established in 2007 to address post-Katrina food access…

Read More


Tulane PRC presentations at APHA 2017

Core Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: October 27, 2017

The role of spaces for physical activity and training community members in leadership and skills to address structural causes of health inequity are the topics that will be presented by Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) staff and faculty at the upcoming American Public Health Association's Annual Meeting. The meeting, held Nov. 4-8 in Atlanta, Ga., will draw more than 12,000 public health professionals, community members, researchers, and advocates from across the country and world. The…

Read More


Message from the Director

Food Environment Research

Published: October 18, 2017

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and as soon as I think of Thanksgiving, I think of healthy eating. How is that possible? What's the connection? Well, I think about all of the foods associated with Thanksgiving that I love and that I'm NOT SUPPOSED TO EAT. Like, all kinds of pies that always seem to have a lot of sugar. Plus, the amount of food that we put on the table at Thanksgiving is…

Read More