Marcus Samuelsson: The Politics of Food: U.S. Policy Impacts Farmers Worldwide

Published: February 23, 2011

Our current model is unsustainable, from growth of the kernels to the price on the stock ticker. And it doesn’t just affect U.S. farming and policy, it affects farmers throughout the world.

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Government, NDC and NFL join to fight childhood obesity

Published: February 23, 2011

Some of the nation’s principal thought leaders in child health, physical activity and education have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that outlines an unprecedented private-public partnership committed to child health and wellness.

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Letters to First Lady to "Walk the Walk"

Published: February 22, 2011

A local Louisiana representative continues to push to get Michelle Obama to participate in a local walk for obesity

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Let's get physical, Louisiana: Editorial

Published: February 21, 2011

Louisiana rarely, if ever, fares well in studies of health or fitness. In the Trust for America’s Health report on obesity last summer Louisiana ranked fifth-worst in the nation for adults and fourth-worst for children. New Orleans also has in…

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Focus On How, Not Why To Increase Physical Activity

Published: February 21, 2011

Most people know that exercise is important to maintain and improve health; however, sedentary lifestyles and obesity rates are at all-time highs and have become major national issues. In a new study, University of Missouri researchers found that healthy adults who received interventions focused on behavior-changing strategies significantly increased their physical activity levels. Conversely …

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Kids: Junk food gone, but so is taste

Published: February 20, 2011

Students’ reaction to healthier lunches highlights challenges for schools CPS stopped serving daily nachos and doughnuts and introduced healthier options. But unimpressed students are fighting back at the cash register. Lunch sales have dropped by about 5 percentage points.

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CDC Report: Inactivity Highest in Southern, Appalachian States

Published: February 19, 2011

ATLANTA — Colorado has one of the most active populations in the country and Kentucky has one of the least active, according to a new government study that looked at people’s physical activity county by county.

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Life expectancy on the rise, but obesity rates climbing in America

Published: February 19, 2011

Life expectancy rates are on the rise in the United States but obesity levels are still climbing, a new report says.On the positive side, life expectancy was up slightly in 2007, to 77.9 years from 76.8 years at the beginning of the decade.And while women are still ahead of the game, gender and race gaps in longevity have narrowed, according to the report compiled by the National Center for …

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Southerners least likely to exercise, study finds. So what's the excuse? Humidity?

Published: February 17, 2011

Here’s one part of the country that might be immune to zumba fever. Americans may be especially sluggish these days, judging by the obesity rates, but a new study suggests that adults in Appalachia and a handful of Southern states are especially reluctant to move if they don’t have to.

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Louisianians among nation's top couch potatoes

Published: February 17, 2011

WASHINGTON — When it comes to sitting on the couch and watching TV, Louisianians are apparently among the best. The Times-PicayuneWhile thousands participated in last weekend’s marathon, Louisianians are among the most inactive in the nation, according to a recent…

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Baton Rouge ranks seventh on list of cities with most fast food restaurants

Published: February 17, 2011

When University students want to satisfy their drunken munchies, finding a quick, greasy meal isn’t hard, according to a recent study by The Daily Beast. The study, compiled using research conducted by AggData and Technomic, found that of the 30 la…

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Video Games Improve Healthy Behaviors in Children

Published: February 16, 2011

Summary A recent study evaluated the effect of playing two video games " “Ecape from Diab” (Diab) and “Nanoswarm: Invasion from Inner Space” (Nano) " on the dietary habits of children and also on their physical activity. The study compared … Read More

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Highest Rates of Leisure-Time Physical Inactivity in Appalachia and South

Published: February 16, 2011

Americans who live in parts of Appalachia and the South are the least likely to be physically active in their leisure time, according to estimates released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In many counties in those regions, more than 29 percent of adults reported getting no physical activity or exercise other than at their regular job.

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Food spike puts 44 million in poverty

Published: February 16, 2011

The rise in food prices since last June has shoved 44 million people into dire poverty, the World Bank says in its latest report on the global food crisis.

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Hillary Clinton backs move to end hidden hunger

Published: February 14, 2011

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has endorsed efforts by world food experts to improve coordination between agriculture, nutrition and health programmes. “This issue cuts to the core of a global crisis that demands action,” she said.

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Keep The Beat Recipes-Deliciously Healthy Dinners

Published: February 14, 2011

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute offers “Keep the Beat Recipes Deliciously Healthy Dinners” cookbooks free for downloading or mail order hard copies. Delicious heart healthy recipes are as good for your heart as they are for your taste buds! Staying healthy can be a challenge, but lifestyle changes like eating healthfully and being physically active can help lower your risk for heart disease and other conditions. The Keep the Beat Recipes: Deliciously Healthy…

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Practicum Opportunity with Dr. Karen DeSalvo

Core Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: February 13, 2011

Are you ready to help launch "Let's Move" City Hall? The Tulane Prevention Research Center and the New Orleans Health Department announce a special spring 2011 health promotion practicum opportunity New Orleans Health Commissioner, Dr. Karen DeSalvo, requests a spring 2011 practicum student to coordinate a program to increase stair usage among City Hall employees. This initiative is part of New Orleans commitment to the "Let's Move" City Hall Campaign. Current challenges to stair usage…

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The Reasons for Walmart's Healthy Foods Initiative

Published: February 10, 2011

By pushing produce and healthier foods, Walmart’s “cuddle capitalism” could slim us down and bloat the company’s profits

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RPCC receives grant to fight childhood obesity

Published: February 09, 2011

UnitedHealth Group has awarded $4,500 in grants to seven Louisiana-based youth-led organizations that have developed programs to fight childhood obesity in their communities, including one to River Parishes  Community in College in Sorrento.

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Obesity: Michelle Obama campaign seen as effective

Published: February 09, 2011

A year ago, first lady Michelle Obama began an ambitious project: reverse the obesity epidemic in a generation. When she speaks today in Atlanta on the first anniversary of the start of her Let’s Move campaign, she can…

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