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Physical Activity Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: November 30, 2011

Photo by Chris Granger, The Times-Picayune Story by Naomi King, Tulane Prevention Research Center Navigating New Orleans sidewalks and streets can be treacherous for residents like Steve Donahue, whose primary transportation is a motorized wheelchair. "The whole City of New Orleans is not accessible," said Donahue, a Gentilly resident who advocates for improved services for people with disabilities. Local roads often lack sidewalks or ramps, leading him to either ride alongside cars or make his…

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Bunny Friend walking club steps into shape

Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Education & Engagement

Published: November 30, 2011

The Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) launched its Neighborhood Ambassador Program in 2011 to connect neighborhood groups to health-related resources and programs. The PRC, which also works on community-based research and education for the public and decision makers to curtail the obesity epidemic, supported Bunny Friend neighborhood residents in their goal to start a walking club with assistance from the AARP. Meet the Bunny Friend residents in this video, produced by the Tulane Empowers community…

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Message from the director

Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: November 30, 2011

Time goes by so fast! We are now in our eighth year of work targeting the physical and social environments of New Orleans to make our community healthier and to encourage our residents to be more physically active and eat better. We have had some noteworthy accomplishments in those years, and I'll jog your memory by mentioning just a few. The Food Policy Advisory Committee (FPAC) has raised awareness among local and state policymakers about…

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Kids parade sidewalks, streets for Walk to School Day

Physical Activity Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: November 30, 2011

Marching proudly, siblings Darriella Watson, 6, and Derrick Watson, 7, led a small group down their neighborhood streets to ARISE Academy in October. Although walking to school is nothing new for the brother and sister team, this particular day was special. They were joining hundreds of other students, teachers, parents and public officials to celebrate International Walk to School Day. ARISE Academy parent Demonte Bosman said she walks with her children, 9-year-old Zidikiyah and 8-year-old…

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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: November 30, 2011

Congress dismisses upgrade to school-food standards The final version of a spending bill from Congress will block or delay efforts by federal food officials to limit the use of potatoes and increase whole grains in school lunches, among other new standards. That means pizza and French fries will continue to be counted as vegetables. Some lawmakers and school districts have argued in favor of keeping school food standards status quo because the proposed changes, drafted…

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National meeting focuses on engaging communities in research

Education & Engagement

Published: November 30, 2011

How to work within the deaf community to improve their chances for healthier lives was a focus of a national conference of community health workers in October in Rochester, N.Y. The meeting brought together members of the National Community Committee (NCC), a group that helps guide the national Prevention Research Centers program in chronic disease prevention and control through community-based research. This year's meeting also included training from the University of Rochester's National Center for…

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Ohio officials take 200-pound boy from mother - The Associated Press

Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: November 29, 2011

Telegraph.co.uk Ohio officials take 200-pound boy from mother The Associated Press The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity tries to address the roles of nutrition and physical activity in improving public health and preventing and controlling chronic diseases. … 200-pound 8-year-old in Ohio highlights question: Should parents of obese kids …Washington Post Obese third-grader taken from family: Did state go too far?CBS News all 789 news articles »

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Food Environment Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: November 24, 2011

Six years after Katrina, it's still a challenge to find basic resources in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward. But a local community garden and education center is trying to change that. New Orleans' painful last six years have been well documented. And the city's Lower Ninth Ward has seen the worst of the worst. Houses and businesses were decimated, and the area is still a food desert, there's literally nowhere close to find groceries. But…

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Doesn't Congress Know We Are What We Eat? [Editorial]

Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: November 23, 2011

Congress was wrong to block new rules proposed by the Agriculture Department that would have overhauled the nation’s school lunch program. In a fight that had more do with adults and big business than the best interest of children, lawmakers sided with the frozen-food industry and potato growers.

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Many Kindergarteners Already on Road to Obesity, Study Finds

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Published: November 23, 2011

Today’s kindergarteners are heavier than kids brought up in the 1970s and 1980s and appear to be on the road to becoming overweight and obese in the years to come, a new study finds.

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Where you live can help determine your health, studies say

Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: November 21, 2011

Families see improvements after move to better neighborhoods, new research suggests By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun Sabrina Oliver looked forward to good schools and safer streets when she moved her family from her crime-ridden and trash-strewn West Baltimore neighborhood to the suburbs, but was surprised to discover another benefit as well - a dramatic improvement in their health. The asthma that afflicted daughter Nyla, 9, and frequently kept her out of school just…

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Rouses opens in the CBD - Gambit blog

Food Environment Research

Published: November 18, 2011

By Kevin Allman Supermarket owners Donald, Donny and Allison Rouse, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and District B Councilwoman Stacy Head opened the new Rouses supermarket in the CBD this morning (on the site of the old Sewell Cadillac dealership). Rouses is now the first supermarket in the downtown area since the A.M. & J. Solari Market and Food Emporium was demolished in the 1960s. Much has been made about "food deserts" in New Orleans, though they…

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Congress Blocks New Rules on School Lunches

Food Environment Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: November 16, 2011

By Ron Nixon, The New York Times WASHINGTON – A slice of pizza still counts as a vegetable. In a victory for the makers of frozen pizzas, tomato paste and French fries, Congress on Monday blocked rules proposed by the Agriculture Department that would have overhauled the nation's school lunch program. The proposed changes – the first in 15 years to the $11 billion school lunch program – were meant to reduce childhood obesity by…

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Rouses Market on Baronne Street fills void in Central Business District

Food Environment Research

Published: November 16, 2011

By Frank Donze and Rebecca Mowbray, The Times-Picayune The odd sight of New Orleanians makin’ groceries in the 700 block of Baronne Street on Tuesday morning offered the latest evidence that the city’s once-moribund downtown is continuing to morph from a land of surface parking lots and blighted buildings into a living, breathing neighborhood. The debut of a 40,000-square foot Rouses Market – the first full-service grocery to open its doors in the Central Business…

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Proposed city ordinance aims for "Complete Streets" in NOLA

Physical Activity Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: November 14, 2011

Maya Rodriguez / WWLTV NEW ORLEANS – Charles Tubre knows all too well about the potential difficulties in getting around the city. “Our city is an old city, as everyone knows,” said Tubre, who is with the Advocacy Center, which serves people with disabilities and senior citizens. In the past few years, improvements like curb cuts have helped improve mobility for Tubre and others who are disabled or elderly. “We have thousands of new curb…

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Diabetes forecast to hit one in 10 adults by 2030 - Reuters

Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: November 14, 2011

CBC.ca Diabetes forecast to hit one in 10 adults by 2030 Reuters The vast majority of diabetics have Type 2 disease — the kind linked to poor diet, obesity and lack of exercise — and the problem is spreading as people in the developing world adopt more Western lifestyles. Diabetics have inadequate blood sugar … Diabetes may hit one in 10 by 2030, report saysCBS News 552 Million People Could Have Diabetes by 2030, Study…

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Why Doctors And Patients Talk Around Our Growing Waistlines - NPR (blog)

Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: November 14, 2011

Why Doctors And Patients Talk Around Our Growing Waistlines NPR (blog) And because doctors aren’t taught about obesity in medical school, many feel unprepared to bring up the sensitive topic. And with good reason, says Ferrier. “I have had patients tell me that they have cancelled appointments with me because they have … and more »

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Liver illness threatens obese children - Houston Chronicle

Food Environment Research

Published: November 13, 2011

Liver illness threatens obese children Houston Chronicle An increasing number of obese children are being diagnosed with a chronic liver disease found only in adults until about a decade ago. While many people, including some doctors, are unaware of its prevalence, …

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Biking paths promote health: A letter to the editor

Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: November 09, 2011

Letter to the Editor, The Times-Picayune It is refreshing to see how far our city has come. The new biking paths that are being implemented around the New Orleans area encourages people to be active and live a healthier lifestyle. For the full opinion piece, click here.

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Personal trainers say 2012 trends include using technology, life coaching to ... - Kansas City Star

Physical Activity Research

Published: November 09, 2011

Personal trainers say 2012 trends include using technology, life coaching to … Kansas City Star The group of more than 1500 fitness experts say their clients are combining traditional exercise with life coaching that shows a greater understanding of the gravity of the obesity epidemic. "While there is still much more work to be done, … Increased Obesity Awareness and Whole-Life Training Among Leading 2012 Fitness …MarketWatch (press release) 10 hot fitness trends for 2012Dayton…

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