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The influence of Hurricane Katrina on disparities in food access in New Orleans

Food Environment Research

Published: January 31, 2011

Researchers suggest Hurricane Katrina can add another negative outcome to its destructive impact on the people of New Orleans: the worsening of existing disparities in neighborhood food access. Access to healthy food is essential for health promotion efforts, and yet disparities in retail food access exist throughout the country. Virtually no studies have examined how these disparities change over time and if particular events, such as a natural disaster, have an impact on neighborhood food…

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New bike lanes motivate New Orleanians to cycle more

Physical Activity Research

Published: January 31, 2011

If you build it, they will ride; according to the results of a Tulane University study examining the impact of installing bike lanes on ridership along St. Claude Avenue in New Orleans. As published by Kathryn Parker and colleagues in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, observers found a 57 percent increase in the average number of riders on St. Claude Avenue per day during a two-week period in November 2008 – just six…

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Johnson Elementary School receives national grant to create walking school bus program

Published: January 30, 2011

James Weldon Johnson Elementary School in New Orleans is one of 25 schools nationwide to receive a mini-grant from the National Center for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) to create a walking school bus program during the spring semester of the 2010-2011 school year. The $1,000 mini-grants awarded are for projects designed to encourage safe walking and bicycling to and from school. Supported by Louisiana Retired Teacher Association volunteers and the Hollygrove Walking Club members,…

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Louisiana Sustainable Local Food Policy Council Meeting

Policy & Advocacy

Published: January 29, 2011

The Louisiana Sustainable Local Food Policy Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 in the 1st floor gallery and auditorium of the Tidewater Building, located at 1440 Canal Street in New Orleans. The agenda for this public meeting is as follows. I. Introduction Roll Call Approval of Minutes II. Overview Overview of New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee Overview (Natalie Jayroe, Ashley Graham) La School Lunch/Nutrition Programs Panel Discussion – La Dept…

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Growing Our Kids in "Healthy Soil"

Food Environment Research Policy & Advocacy

Published: January 29, 2011

Diego Rose, director of the Tulane Prevention Research Center, writes editorial for the Journal of Adolescent Health.

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First Lady Sees Military as Model for Fitness Effort

Published: January 28, 2011

By the time many of the young soldiers-in-training get to this Army post, they’ve been plumped up by fast food and soda and sedentary teenage years spent indoors playing video games. The Army makes sure that by the time they leave after 10 weeks of basic training, they are considerably slimmer and fitter. A year after she launched the Let’s Move program to end childhood obesity, Michelle Obama visited this Army training post Thursday to…

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Spring 2011 PRC and Communication Seminar Series

Education & Training Projects

Published: January 28, 2011

Nonprofit Newsletters: How to capture attention and tell the world about your program February 25th, 2011 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. 1440 Canal Street (Tidewater Building) Room 1208 The Tulane Prevention Research Center/Maternal and Child Health Leadership Training Program Communication Series presents Dee Boling, director of communications, Tulane School of Public Health. Community Engagement: A Prerequisite for Environmental/Systems Change to Prevent Childhood Obesity March 25th, 2011 12-1 p.m. 1440 Canal Street (Tidewater Building) Room 1208…

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Healthy Living Innovation Awards

Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: January 28, 2011

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Healthy Living Innovation Awards. These awards will identify and acknowledge innovative health promotion projects that have demonstrated a significant impact on the health status of a community. The Healthy Living Innovation Awards offer an exciting chance to recognize and foster the spread of effective health promotion efforts, specifically community-based efforts that either make use of an entirely new tool…

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TV: A Sneaky Part of the Food Pyramid

Published: January 27, 2011

THURSDAY, Jan. 27 (HealthDay News) — David Burley was excited about a new restaurant opening in his small Louisiana town, where vacant storefronts have become the norm as the recession lingers.

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Extra Sleep On Weekends Cuts Kids' Risk Of Obesity - Huffington Post

Published: January 25, 2011

Extra Sleep On Weekends Cuts Kids' Risk Of Obesity Huffington Post Children who get too little sleep and have irregular school-day sleep schedules are more likely to be obese, especially if they don't make up for lost sleep …

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Obesity In America: Have We Literally Outgrown Heath Care? - Huffington Post

Published: January 25, 2011

Obesity In America: Have We Literally Outgrown Heath Care? Huffington Post The impact of obesity on physical examinations is still a new area of research, Dr. Silk says. To her knowledge, no studies have been conducted on whether …

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USDA official visits Chicago, talks about food deserts

Published: January 25, 2011

A top U.S. Department of Agriculture official visited a Chicago high school on Thursday to promote healthier school lunches and eat a winning entry in a student cooking contest. Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Janey Thornton met students from Richards Career Academy. Thornton dined on the students’ Caribbean-themed lunch, alongside other dignitaries. And 20,000 Chicago …

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Nutrition Information Aimed at Package Fronts

Published: January 25, 2011

Some of the nutrition information listed in government-mandated food labels will be repeated on package fronts under a new system that food makers and major grocers are introducing.

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Childhood Obesity Linked to Lack of Sleep

Published: January 24, 2011

A new study has found a link between lack of sleep and unhealthy bodyweight. The report, published in the latest issue of Pediatrics, said young children who skimp on sleep both during the week and on the weekends have a fourfold risk of obesity compared to their more well-rested peers.

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Central Louisiana a 'mixed bag of good and bad' health trends, survey finds - Alexandria Town Talk

Published: January 24, 2011

Central Louisiana a 'mixed bag of good and bad' health trends, survey finds Alexandria Town Talk But the prevalence of those diseases is rising, and battles with things such as obesity and use of smokeless tobacco are still a struggle. … and more »

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The big fat question: How do we actually lose weight?

Published: January 24, 2011

January's store shelves are groaning with new diet books, all promising to finally reveal the universal formula for weight loss. That promise, however, is as empty as the calories in a Timbit. It's not going to happen. "People want to hear that there are 'good' and 'bad' foods, and that you simply need to avoid the bad foods and only eat the good foods and you'll be fine," says Yoni Freedhoff, the founder of Ottawa's…

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Harvard Obesity Fighter Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey Praises Wal-Mart, Jamie Oliver

Published: January 23, 2011

“I’m heartened that Wal-Mart is making a commitment to healthier food that is also affordable,” Lavizzo-Mourey said in a telephone conversation following a visit to Bloomberg News headquarters in New York.

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Stirring it Up: A New Way of Looking at School Lunches is Bringing Professional Chefs into the Mix

Published: January 23, 2011

A “chef in residence’’ at Lawrence and Salem high schools, Conrad is part of a growing effort to curb youth obesity. He works for Project Bread, the Boston nonprofit antihunger group that this school year expanded its Chefs In School Initiative — launched four years ago in the Boston public schools — to Lawrence and Salem. The goal is to improve school lunch by training school cooks to prepare fresher, tastier, and more appealing meals.

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