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Physical Activity Research Policy & Education

Published: November 29, 2012

More bike racks will be installed in the French Quarter to help de-clutter sidewalks and promote cycling, thanks to a New Orleans City Council proposal that will involve staff members from the Tulane Prevention Research Center. The council recently approved a pilot project to put "Where Ya' Rack?" bike racks on sidewalks immediately surrounding the Old U.S. Mint on Esplanade Avenue for four months. The council also directed the Department of Public Works to evaluate…

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CAB Member Updates & Pics

Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: November 29, 2012

October and November were busy months for the members of the Tulane Prevention Research Center’s Community Advisory Board. Click on the photo to the right to see some pictures from a few of our CAB members. To find out more about the CAB and visit each member’s website, click here. Photo 1: The the Lower Ninth Ward Food Access Coalition hosted a Grocery Store For-A-Day event in the Lower 9th Ward on Oct. 20. The…

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More food stores open, but areas still lack access, PRC research shows

Food Environment Research

Published: November 29, 2012

November 2012 Researchers and students at the Tulane Prevention Research Center mapped the Orleans Parish food environment in their annual study of food stores and fast-food outlets this fall. And for some of those stores, they also looked at what's on the shelves. The information collected will be used in a variety of studies at the Tulane PRC to document changes to the food landscape of the city and how that impacts the health of…

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Message from the director

Food Environment Research Policy & Education

Published: November 29, 2012

Well, the holidays are upon us once again. It is the time for us to enjoy, to celebrate, to be with family and friends – to be happy and to stay healthy. I guess I could preach at you and talk about all the butter, cream, cheese, and other fats – not to mention sugars – that go into holiday cooking. You know about all of that already, and maybe, just maybe, you might think…

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Harnessing local and national crime reduction strategies

Policy & Education Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: November 29, 2012

Ways to work closely – and effectively – with New Orleans' neighborhoods to reduce violence and crime were discussed during a roundtable meeting with local residents, community advocates and law-enforcement officials in November. The group of more than 40 people exchanged information about existing methods being used locally, as well as proven programs in other parts of the country. The Breakfast Roundtable on Community Safety and Law Enforcement was hosted by the KidsWalk Coalition, a…

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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

Policy & Education

Published: November 29, 2012

New Orleans will transform open spaces for outdoor play New Orleans kids and families will have the opportunity to play in parks and streets at several city-sponsored events next year, thanks to a $50,000 grant from Play Streets to bring physical activity back into the lives of children. Play Streets is a national initiative to close specific streets to traffic or use existing open space on a routine basis and open that space to the…

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Sterling Express will open fresh-food store in New Orleans

Food Environment Research Policy & Education

Published: November 21, 2012

A proposed change to city law that would allow gas stations on Tchoupitoulas Street in the Lower Garden District failed to find support Monday evening among members of the Coliseum Square Association, but the Sterling Express fresh-food store planned for one intersection there will press forward with its opening whether its fuel pumps are approved by the City Council or not, developers told the group. Sterling Express is a new concept for New Orleans being…

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Study 'The Obesity Gene' Protects Against Depression - The Atlantic

Education & Training Projects Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Policy & Education

Published: November 21, 2012

The Atlantic Study: ‘The Obesity Gene’ Protects Against Depression The Atlantic PROBLEM: Studies have shown that obesity and depression function as reciprocal risk factors: People who are obese are more likely to be depressed, and vice versa. From a behavioral basis, it’s possible that each can actually cause the other. Doctors go … Obesity Gene May Shield Against DepressionYahoo! News (blog) Study: Genetic Obesity May Prevent DepressionCBS Local Obesity gene may provide shield against depressionWBRC…

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Researchers develop guidebook for promoting healthy lifestyles among Hispanic populations

Policy & Education Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: November 20, 2012

( Kansas State University ) Recent studies have shown that Hispanic populations living in the US have higher rates of obesity and diabetes, and lower rates of physical activity and fruit and vegetable consumption, compared with Caucasians. A collaborative guidebook involving Kansas State University researchers is helping individuals, families and communities improve the health of Hispanic …

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Task force announces TN grocer incentive program

Food Environment Research Policy & Education

Published: November 19, 2012

A special task force is trying to encourage independent grocers to locate in low-income areas in Tennessee.

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City creates Food Policy Council to promote local, nutritious options

Food Environment Research Policy & Education

Published: November 18, 2012

The city of Madison last month created a 23-member Food Policy Council, joining a trend around the country as communities take a broad look at their local "food systems."

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Cheaper Fruit And Vegetables Alone Can't Save Food Deserts

Food Environment Research Policy & Education

Published: November 15, 2012

Researchers found that while consumers are sensitive to price, and more likely to buy fruit when the price drops, many other factors prevent people from buying fruits and vegetables.

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Community food analysis reveals strengths, weaknesses

Food Environment Research Policy & Education

Published: November 14, 2012

Community food analysis reveals strengths, weaknesses by Cathy Mckitrick The Salt Lake Tribune Published Nov 14, 2012 08:56PM MDT Food insecurity in Salt Lake City is on the rise, and for one food pantry director, it’s the hungry children that really tug at her heart. “Over these past [few] years, I’ve seen a lot of working families " where both parents are working " and they still cannot make …

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HUD official says grocer will reopen Schwegmann's on N. Broad

Food Environment Research Policy & Education

Published: November 12, 2012

New Orleans – The former Schwegmann's site on North Broad Street might have a future as a grocery store, but the national chain that's said to be moving into the space isn't confirming the news. Fred Tombar, senior adviser for disaster recovery for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, said in a public presentation Friday that Whole Foods intends to occupy the former Schwegmann Giant Super Market at 300 N. Broad St. The…

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