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Nutrition in arm's reach of desire: A guest column by Diego Rose and Lisa Hoffman Falconer

Food Environment Research Policy & Advocacy

Published: March 30, 2011

As published on March 25, 2011 in The Times-Picayune A popular soft drink company has long had the marketing philosophy of putting their products wherever consumers might be, within a so-called “arm’s reach of desire.” But the story for fresh fruits and vegetables in post-Katrina New Orleans has been a different one. For many households in the city, just adding vegetables to an evening meal could mean a cross-town trip. Given the time pressures of…

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Carolyn Johnson to serve as director of the Prevention Research Center at Tulane University

Published: March 30, 2011

The Prevention Research Center (PRC) at Tulane University is pleased to announce the appointment of Carolyn Johnson as director of the Tulane University PRC. Johnson is currently a tenured professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and a licensed professional counselor. She has served as a lead evaluator for the Tulane PRC and developed and supervised the Center's evaluation systems. Johnson received her doctorate…

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An Edible Education

Education & Training Projects Policy & Advocacy

Published: March 29, 2011

by Stephanie Athena Papas Video by Julia Davies, Christina "Casey" Derbes and Stephanie Athena Papas "An Edible Education" is an online video created by three Tulane Master in Public Health students in Diego Rose's food and nutrition policy course. Given the option of producing a video or writing a paper for their final assignment, our group of production amateurs decided to get behind the camera and interview New Orleanians to help us more powerfully illustrate…

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You're invited to a breakfast roundtable featuring Dr. Karen DeSalvo

Education & Training Projects Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: March 28, 2011

The KidsWalk Coalition is pleased to announce it will host City of New Orleans Health Commissioner Dr. Karen DeSalvo at its first Breakfast Roundtable Thursday April 7 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Bourbon House (144 Bourbon Street). Dr. DeSalvo will discuss the City's new initiatives to improve the health of New Orleans residents, and what its new designation as a Let's Move city means for residents. The KidsWalk Coalition's Breakfast Roundtable series…

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Letter from the outgoing director

Published: March 28, 2011

Dear colleagues, It’s been almost two years, since I sat at my first PRC staff meeting as the new director and listened to all the exciting projects that were underway. A lot has happened since then. Our core research project for this cycle is well under way. We are examining the food environment in New Orleans, documenting changes to it, and studying how these changes affect food access and consumption. Jeanette Gustat heads up our…

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USDA Expands Access To Fresh Fruits And Vegetables For Schools Across The Nation

Published: March 25, 2011

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that, as authorized by the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill), USDA will expand assistance to state agencies for schools operating USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) in the 2011/2012 school year

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CDC Report Charts Local Obesity, Inactivity Rates

Published: March 25, 2011

[A new study] found that in 2008 an estimated 25.4 percent of U.S. adults were affirmed couch potatoes, spending none of their free time engaged in such physical activities as walking, gardening or running. Overall, the seven Chicago-area counties were slightly more active than the national average, with DuPage County harboring the lowest percentage of couch potatoes, an estimated 18 percent, and Kendall County the highest, at 24 percent. In Cook County, an estimated 23…

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Could Anti-Obesity Campaigns Eventually Be as Successful as Anti-Smoking Efforts?

Published: March 25, 2011

[Dr. Tom Peterson, chair of West Michigan’s Tobacco Free Partners and executive director of safety, quality and community health for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital] said smoking rates have fallen from 45 percent of the country smoking in the 1960s to 20 percent in recent years because of three major policy-driven initiatives — increased prices, smoke-free work controls and aggressive media campaigns. “This is a public health issue. It’s not something we can cure in hospitals…

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School Health Programs Get Kids, Community in Shape

Published: March 25, 2011

In the cafeteria, student council members give green bracelets carrying the message "Go for the Green" to classmates who participate in a spin-the-wheel activity that requires them to answer nutrition questions. Gym classes incorporate lessons on skateboarding, rollerblading and other activities students can do to be active outside of school without joining a team. Some days, the school gets a visit from the Activate Tucson "Moving Van," which is filled with hula hoops, balls and…

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Physical activity decreases salt's effect on blood pressure, study finds

Published: March 23, 2011

The less physically active you are, the more your blood pressure rises in response to a high-salt diet, new research finds. Following a low-salt diet may be particularly important in lowering blood pressure among sedentary people.

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Getting the vegetable garden ready

Published: March 23, 2011

Spring is here, and the next few weekends are the time to put in the vegetable garden.

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Youth at risk for obesity show greater brain activity in response to food

Published: March 22, 2011

( Oregon Research Institute ) In a novel study using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) investigators compared the neural response to food and monetary reward in lean adolescents at risk for obesity relative to lean adolescents not at risk for obesity. Results suggest that the initial vulnerability that gives rise to obesity may be elevated rather than blunted sensitivity of the brain …

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Post hosts summit on childhood obesity epidemic

Published: March 21, 2011

Last week, Washington Post Live hosted a summit on the health crisis and childhood obesity. Those in the Post auditorium and watching online heard how children have become so sedentary they don’t even know how to jump rope and how our “all you can eat” culture has led to alarming increases in the number of children with diabetes.

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NYers Like Bike Lanes: Poll

Published: March 18, 2011

New Yorkers gave the green light to bike lanes in a new poll out Friday, with a majority saying they are in favor of the growing network.

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HEALTHY PLATE: Recipe for sweet pea and avocado guacamole

Published: March 18, 2011

The flesh of a ripe Hass avocado is so luxuriously buttery and creamy you know from the first bite that it’s loaded with fat.

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Jamie Oliver brings his ministry to the capital of fast food

Published: March 17, 2011

Jamie Oliver is launching a project to teach basic cooking skills to people on low incomes in the heart of London’s ‘takeaway central’.

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Jeff Bridges, Mayor Villaraigosa and USDA Secretary Vilsack Join Share Our Strength® and Other Leaders to Launch L.A ...

Published: March 16, 2011

Private-Public Partnership Aims to Connect More Los Angeles Children to School Breakfast and Child Care Nutrition Programs

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New Orleans neighborhoods without grocers targeted by $14 million program

Food Environment Research Policy & Advocacy

Published: March 15, 2011

Using $14 million in loans as a lure, Mayor Mitch Landrieu launched on Tuesday a citywide program to build grocery stores and supermarkets in neighborhoods that don’t have them. The New Orleans Fresh Food Retailer Initiative is designed to give more people, especially low-income New Orleanians, easy access to healthful foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, he said during a City Hall news conference. Money for the loans will come from $7 million that the…

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'Apple' Obesity Heart Risk Theory Goes Pear-Shaped

Published: March 11, 2011

New research is challenging previous medical notions that “apple-shaped” people with more fat around their waist are at higher risk of heart attacks and strokes than “pear-shaped” people with fatter bottoms and hips

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