Legislative-Updates

Legislative Updates

New Orleans food policy group launches new website, plans for future
The New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee (FPAC) met regularly over the past year. Results from their food policy assessment will be published along with their strategic plan in the days to come. Among the assessment’s key findings, FPAC has identified a need for greater access to capital, closing information gaps, considering food in all policies, and strengthening the food network. The Tulane Prevention Research Center is a founding member of FPAC since 2007 and continues to provide technical support.
Check out the updated FPAC website for more information at nolafoodpolicy.org and reach out to co-chair Elisa Munoz at elisa@nolafoodpolicy.org to get involved or learn more about FPAC.

New report connects transportation and health equity
On Dec. 6, New Orleans bike advocacy nonprofit Bike Easy released its report, Complete Streets for Health Equity: An Evaluation of New Orleans and Jefferson Parish. The Complete streets approach is based on the premise that everybody, regardless of who they are, where they live, or how they get around, should have the option to travel in a safe and convenient manner. Complete streets include sidewalks, bike lanes, crosswalks, sheltered transit stops, ADA accessible curbs, traffic calming designs, and stormwater management features.
At an event to announce the report, dozens of people from a wide range of sectors – government, business and commerce, public health, nonprofits, music and culture, planning and development – attended to learn some of the key findings, to hear from a range of local voices on the impact of public transit, biking and walking, and to be in a room full of people committed to making Greater New Orleans a safer, healthier, more active community. Tulane Prevention Research Center co-investigator Jeanette Gustat, PhD, attended and provided comments to news media in attendance. Click here to watch a video of the news conference.
For more information, visit Bike Easy’s website, bikeeasy.org, or considering joining the Complete Streets Coalition.

Louisiana’s obesity commission updates website, prepares report to lawmakers
Early next year, the state commission tasked with identifying and assessing Louisiana’s efforts to reduce and prevent obesity will release its annual report. The Louisiana Obesity Prevention and Management Commission report is given annually to the state legislature. The Tulane Prevention Research Center is an active member of the commission and contributed to the development of the report.
The Louisiana Department of Health developed and launched a webpage for the LOPMC at wellaheadla.com/ObesityCommission. Earlier in 2017, the webpage was updated to host more resources for communities and partners to execute best practices for fighting obesity. The site connects to resources provided by commission member organizations, downloadable fact sheets, and community success stories. The Commission webpage also connects with LDH’s statewide Community Resource Guide.

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Topics:   obesity , nutrition , diet , physical activity , food environment , agriculture , biking , walking , policy

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