35 New Orleans community groups, health-focused organizations win grants from city

Food Environment Research

Published: September 30, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 30, 2011 MAYOR LANDRIEU ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF WISNER DONATION FUNDS 35 Organizations Awarded Grants, Mayor Announces Strategic Investments NEW ORLEANS, LA-Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that 35 nonprofit organizations across the city will receive grants from the Edward Wisner Donation in 2011. A full list of recipients is attached. In March 2011, the City issued a call for proposals from the public for grants to be issued from the Edward Wisner…

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Policy & Advocacy

Published: September 30, 2011

By Aaron Wernham Special to Roll Call Sept. 26, 2011 The United States spent $2.5 trillion on health care in 2009, more per capita than any other nation. Yet our country is ranked 32nd in the world in life expectancy, and rates of conditions such as diabetes and obesity have increased dramatically in recent years. If we hope to address spiraling medical costs and improve the health of all Americans, we need to begin focusing…

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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

Policy & Advocacy

Published: September 30, 2011

New Orleans holds first summit on childhood obesity More than 100 health professionals, education advocates, business representatives and community leaders converged in New Orleans, all in the name of addressing childhood obesity. Building on each others’ strengths is vital, Mayor Mitch Landrieu told the group gathered at City Park Sept. 29. The city's first forum on childhood obesity focused on identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the area's existing resources and programs. Among the panelists…

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Annual food store surveys chart city's food landscape

Food Environment Research

Published: September 30, 2011

Research expanded from previous years By Naomi King, Tulane Prevention Research Center A thorough survey of New Orleans' food stores is under way this fall, as the Tulane Prevention Research Center conducts its annual food retail mapping and in-store survey project. While the study of food deserts has appeared in the national spotlight, the PRC's work aims to look at the entire food landscape, not just what is lacking. Since 2004, the PRC at Tulane…

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Cultural, health, education programs find home with Guardians Institute's new building

Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: September 30, 2011

Herreast Harrison keeps pinching herself. A longtime dream is coming alive in her backyard in the Upper 9th Ward. Tulane City Center students are beginning to build a dedicated space for Mardi Gras Indian performances, cooking demonstrations, and classes on reading and health. The one-story structure is slated for completion in February, ending decades of shuffling between homes and other organizations' meeting spaces. The Guardians Institute, an organization focused on preserving African-American cultural arts and…

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New Orleans celebrates public spaces at first Park(ing) Day

Physical Activity Research Policy & Advocacy

Published: September 30, 2011

Four sections of New Orleans' city streets became pop-up green spaces for one day this September. It was the first year that local residents organized events for Park(ing) Day, setting up camp in four spots throughout the city that drew hundreds of participants and interested passers-by. Since 2005, Park(ing) Day has called attention to the need for more urban open space by transforming metered parking spaces into temporary public parks in the U.S. and abroad.…

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Hornets Launch Bee-Fit At Terrytown Elementary - NOLA.com

Policy & Advocacy

Published: September 28, 2011

NOLA.com Hornets Launch Bee-Fit At Terrytown Elementary NOLA.com … an initiative to teach physical fitness, prevent childhood obesity and educate students on the importance of healthy lifestyle habits sponsored by The New Orleans Hornets, along with Ochsner and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana on Wednesday, … and more »

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Healthy Vending Machines Gain Ground

Food Environment Research

Published: September 28, 2011

Vending machines have long been a bastion of empty calories and trans fats, but healthful vending machine treats have now become a growing trend as government and schools work to curb obesity.

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Expand the Use of Food Stamps? [Opinion]

Food Environment Research

Published: September 28, 2011

Nearly 50 million Americans rely on food stamps — now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — and the federal costs are spiking accordingly. While the rising rolls can be linked to increasing joblessness, many low-wage workers also rely on the benefits. Some anti-hunger advocates would like to make it easier for them to use food stamps, by relaxing rules forbidding their use to buy fast food. What would be wrong with giving people the…

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Experts Urge Testing of Ban on Use of Food Stamps for Soda

Food Environment Research

Published: September 27, 2011

An essay in a leading medical journal chastises the federal government for not allowing New York City to ban the use of food stamps to buy sugary drinks.

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Addressing Childhood Obesity: From Public Health To Social Justice - Kaiser Health News

Policy & Advocacy

Published: September 27, 2011

Kaiser Health News Addressing Childhood Obesity: From Public Health To Social Justice Kaiser Health News Moving her hips and shaking her hands, US Surgeon General Regina Benjamin danced the Cupid shuffle alongside elementary school kids to kick off the NAACP’s initiative on childhood obesity inside the Thurgood Marshall Center, …

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For obese, intimate lives often suffer

Policy & Advocacy

Published: September 23, 2011

Part of an ongoing series on obesity in America by Sarah Varney, National Public Radio It’s well known that obesity can lead to a lot of health problems, but what’s rarely talked about is the impact on people’s sexual health. As the obesity rate has soared in the U.S., more and more marriage and family therapists are getting questions from obese clients about problems in the bedroom. For the full story, click here.

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Bike Infrastructure Hits Congressional Speed Bumps

Physical Activity Research

Published: September 23, 2011

by Brian Naylor, National Public Radio The corner of 15th and K streets in Washington, D.C., is busy. Buses, trucks, cars and taxis zip by. There are pedestrians and, increasingly, bikes. Some 57 million adults ride bicycles in the U.S., whether for commuting or exercise or fun. Cities are adding bike lanes with the help of a federal program that gets its money from the highway bill. Some Senate Republicans tried - and ultimately failed…

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Report: U.S. spending billions of dollars to subsidize junk food

Food Environment Research Policy & Advocacy

Published: September 23, 2011

P.J. Huffstutter, Los Angeles Times A new report released this week has found that, among the billions of dollars spent each year in federal subsidies for commodity crops, a steady flow of these taxpayer dollars are going to support high fructose corn syrup and three other common food additives used in junk food. The report, "Apples to Twinkies: Comparing Federal Subsidies of Fresh Produce and Junk Food" by CALPIRG and the U.S. PIRG Education Fund,…

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Drug Maker and FDA Revive Diet Pill Study - New York Times (blog)

Policy & Advocacy

Published: September 21, 2011

By ANDREW POLLACK Is the Food and Drug Administration loosening its tough stance on diet drugs? Orexigen Therapeutics said on Tuesday that it was reviving development of its experimental obesity drug, Contrave, after receiving a letter from the F.D.A. outlining the design of a clinical trial that could lead to the drug's approval as early as 2014. Even though its advisory committee had recommended approval of Contrave, the F.D.A. turned down the drug this year,…

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Gym-class backers cite obesity rate; foes urge more learning

Physical Activity Research

Published: September 21, 2011

Enforcing physical education requirements for public schools would crowd out students’ opportunities to take advanced academic courses and disadvantage them as they prepare for college, a Newburyport School Committee member testified yesterday at the State House, urging lawmakers to reject efforts backed by a coalition to include gym as a required course. “We limit the academic choices students …

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The Fresh Market to open in former Borders site in New Orleans

Food Environment Research

Published: September 20, 2011

By Rebecca Mowbray, The Times-Picayune An upscale North Carolina specialty grocer called The Fresh Market will open at the site of the former Borders book store at 3338 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. The location is now listed on the company’s website. Fresh Market Inc. did not return a phone call seeking comment. Stirling Properties, the manager of the property, said it is not authorized to speak about the project until it is announced…

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UN assembly backs steps to fight chronic disease - Reuters

Physical Activity Research

Published: September 19, 2011

By Lewis Krauskopf and Debra Sherman World leaders risk economic damage if they do not tackle killers like cancer and diabetes in concert with the industries that affect public health, a high-level U.N. meeting on chronic disease heard. The General Assembly session on noncommunicable diseases on Monday and Tuesday is only the second such meeting in United Nations history to focus on global health, after nations came together to address the AIDS epidemic 10 years…

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Exercise helps teen smokers quit: Study

Physical Activity Research

Published: September 19, 2011

Fourteen percent of teens who had physical activity education quit smoking, according to West Virginia study

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Parents uneasy talking about obesity with their children: Survey - All Headline News

Policy & Advocacy

Published: September 16, 2011

Parents uneasy talking about obesity with their children: Survey AHN | All Headline News And parents of teens would also rather talk to their kids about sex, smoking, drugs or alcohol than obesity. The study included more than 1290 parents of children aged 8-17 and 1078 kids between 8-17. Despite their reluctance to discuss weight issues, … and more »

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