Message from the PRC Director

Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: May 30, 2013

The Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) Community Advisory Board (CAB) is an integral component of the PRC, and its importance cannot be overemphasized. The board is the viable link between the Tulane PRC faculty and staff and community-based organizations and other academic and professional entities. Representatives from various organizations sit on the board, attend quarterly meetings, provide feedback about what is going on at the community or grassroots level, and comment on the activities of…

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We're a proud sponsor of the Eat Local Challenge 2013

Food Environment Research Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: May 30, 2013

Can you go 30 days on an all-local diet? The Prevention Research Center (PRC) at Tulane University is joining dozens of local organizations, businesses and food growers in challenging New Orleans residents to only eat foods grown, raised or caught within 200 miles of the city. The second annual Eat Local Challenge runs through June and the Tulane PRC is proud to be one of many sponsors. The challenge not only recognizes the health benefits…

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At least New Orleans isn't dead last in community fitness

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

Published: May 29, 2013

New Orleans ranks 38th among the 50 largest metropolitan areas for health and community fitness status, according to a survey released Wednesday by the American College of Sports Medicine. The New Orleans area ranked 11th on a scale measuring such factors as recreational facilities, park-related expenditures, physical education requirements and primary health care providers. But the area ranked dead last on personal health indicators related to health behaviors, chronic health conditions and health care access.…

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Childhood obesity: Five ways parents can bring back healthy home cooking

Education & Training Projects Food Environment Research

Published: May 28, 2013 Childhood obesity: Five ways parents can bring back healthy home cooking Obese children are more than twice as likely as their thin classmates to die before the age of 55. They are also far more likely to suffer, throughout their lives, from diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, some cancers, and infertility. A …

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'Obesity paradox' controversy shows need for nuanced health messages

Education & Training Projects Policy & Education

Published: May 28, 2013 ‘Obesity paradox’ controversy shows need for nuanced health messages Among people who were obese (BMI of 30 or higher), the study found an 18 percent increased risk of death. Most of that risk, however, was for people with BMIs at or above 35. These findings spurred a quick and angry backlash from other researchers, … Obesity is associated with risk of stroke in menToronto NewsFIX all 2 news articles »

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Exercise and Academic Performance - NYTimes Editorial

Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Policy & Education

Published: May 20, 2013

As schools everywhere strive to improve the academic performance of their students, many have cut physical education and recess periods to leave more time for sedentary classroom instruction. A sensible new report from the Institute of Medicine, a unit of the National Academy of Sciences, shows how shortsighted this trend can be. It found that exercise can significantly improve children's cognitive abilities and their academic performance, as well as their health. Students who exercise have…

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Big Easy gets Bronze Award for bike friendliness

Physical Activity Research Policy & Education

Published: May 20, 2013

Miles of newly painted bike lanes have New Orleanians leaving their cars at home in favor of two-wheeled vehicles. Trading the truck for the Trek has not gone unnoticed, but the Big Easy is still far down the path to first-class cycling status. This afternoon, District C City Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer and the Regional Planning Committee accepted the Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community award. For the full story from NolaDefender, click here.

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Is Eating Too Little Salt Risky? New Report Raises Questions

Food Environment Research Policy & Education

Published: May 15, 2013

Americans are repeatedly told to cut back on salt to reduce the risk of heart disease. But there are new questions being raised about the possible risks of reducing sodium too much. So, how low should we go? Currently, the government recommends that Americans should aim for 2,300 milligrams per day. And people older than 50, as well as those with high blood pressure, diabetes or kidney disease are advised to reduce sodium even further,…

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