Message-from-the-Director

Message from the Director

Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: September 30, 2013

The last two months have been exhausting ones for us here at the Prevention Research Center. We have all been busy putting together the grant proposal for the next five year funding cycle for the PRC. It was a daunting project, but it is done and the grant was submitted on Monday, Sept. 23. There will be some tough competition for funding this time, but all of us feel positive about the work that we…

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Food Day to kick off with Big Easy Satsuma Peel in New Orleans

Food Environment Research Policy & Advocacy Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: September 30, 2013

by Erin Yastrow Last Food Day in New York, organizers held a "Big Apple Crunch" where hundreds of people met at City Hall and crunched into an apple at the same time. The event celebrated Food Day by raising awareness of local, fresh, healthy foods and creating a media event to highlight the Food Day events taking place in the state. Why a "Peel"? In Louisiana, we are modeling our event after the Big Apple…

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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Policy & Advocacy

Published: September 30, 2013

First bike corrals installed in New Orleans New Orleans' first pair of bike corrals – racks that hold several bicycles in one spot – were christened in the French Quarter in September, thanks to a public-private partnership between city government, business leaders and bike advocates. "We're grateful for the support of our partners in the French Quarter, as we work to achieve our goal of providing secure bike parking to our community," said C. Garlan…

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Youth-empowerment group focuses on evaluation with Tulane grad student's help

Education & Training Projects Physical Activity Research Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: September 30, 2013

As an up and coming youth-running group, Youth Run NOLA knew it needed to show more evidence of its impact in the lives of the 11- to 18-year-olds it serves. So this summer, Tulane public health student Madeline Baars helped the organization revamp its methods for evaluating the program, which uses running as a tool to empower youth, improve their health and provide positive, structured after-school engagement. Youth Run NOLA hired Baars for the internship…

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National hunger study gets local assistance from Tulane grad student

Education & Training Projects Food Environment Research Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: September 30, 2013

by Naomi King Englar Visiting food banks across South Louisiana this summer, Tulane public health graduate student Kaity Storck said she gained valuable insights while helping coordinate and evaluate a national hunger study. Conducted once every four years, the Hunger in America Study collects comprehensive data on the demographic makeup and socio-economic situation of individuals and families that access the emergency food system. Second Harvest of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana uses the report to…

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USDA: Small Number of Schools Drop Out of Federal Lunch Program Due to Healthier Requirements

Food Environment Research Policy & Advocacy

Published: September 30, 2013

Data to be released Monday by the [United States Department of Agriculture] shows that 80 percent of schools say they have already met the requirements, which went into place at the beginning of the 2012 school year. About one-half percent have dropped out of the program… The rules aim to introduce more nutrients to growing kids and also to make old favorites healthier — pizza with low-fat cheese and whole-wheat crust, for example, or baked…

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Teen health program fights obesity, depression

Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Policy & Advocacy

Published: September 27, 2013

Teen health program fights obesity, depression Reuters NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A skills-building program offered as part of high school health classes may help prevent obesity, depression and drinking among teenagers, a new study suggests. “Our hope is that schools after seeing these outcomes will say,…

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Want fruit with your burger? McDonald's expands anti-obesity push - Reuters

Food Environment Research

Published: September 26, 2013

NPR Want fruit with your burger? McDonald's expands anti-obesity push Reuters The announcement by the world's largest fast-food chain comes as more companies respond to government and consumer pressure to address the global obesity epidemic. McDonald's, which often bears the brunt of criticism over the restaurant industry's … With Tastes Growing Healthier, McDonald's Aims to Adapt Its MenuNew York Times McDonald's Ditches Soda In Happy Meal MenusAdAge.com McDonald's Says Bye-Bye To Sugary Sodas in Happy MealsWLRN…

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Doctors to prescribe the outdoors to combat childhood obesity in new Mass. program

Physical Activity Research Policy & Advocacy Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: September 19, 2013

The Appalachian Mountain Club and Massachusetts General Hospital are launching a novel effort to combat child obesity by prescribing visits to a glittering pond, a colorful arboretum, or some other outdoor location.

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Michelle Obama pushes for ads for healthful foods for kids

Education & Training Projects Food Environment Research Policy & Advocacy

Published: September 18, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama returns to the debate over food marketing and childhood obesity after facing criticism for largely avoiding the controversial issue. WASHINGTON " First Lady Michelle Obama urged food industry executives to increase their advertising of healthful products for kids, carefully returning to the debate over food marketing and childhood obesity after facing criticism for …

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Food Stores & Culinary Ventures Opening in Treme-Lafitte

Food Environment Research Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: September 12, 2013

By the end of the year, the Treme-Lafitte neighborhood will have two new grocery stores on its boarders. The historic Circle Foods Store will be reclaiming its Hurricane Katrina-flooded space, while Whole Foods will be opening a first-of-its-kind store in a mixed-use building with tenants that embrace food-centered missions. It is indicative of a movement spreading across the city: More and more interest and investment is focusing on food; local food as well as healthy…

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Putting The Pedal To The Metal: New Orleans' Bicycling Infrastructure Is Expanding

Physical Activity Research Policy & Advocacy

Published: September 11, 2013

No matter what neighborhood you live in, chances are you’ve been confronted with one thing this summer – and that’s construction. As roads from the Lakefront to the Riverbend get smoothed over, city officials are taking the opportunity to ensure that the new roads are better not only for drivers, but also for cyclists. Lalo Flores, a Mid-City resident and avid bicyclist, is impressed by the repairs to Esplanade Ave. “I will tell you, this…

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