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Two New Orleans grocery stores open, thanks to food retail financing

Food Environment Research Policy & Education Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: January 30, 2014

This winter, two new grocery stores will provide New Orleans residents with more healthy food options, thanks to a city government loan program developed based on recommendations from the New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee. (Click on the picture above to see photos from both stores.) On Jan. 17, Circle Food Store reopened after being closed since Hurricane Katrina flooded its historic building in 2005. And on Feb. 4, a new Whole Foods will open…

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Public support strong for policies & environments that ecourage physical activity

Physical Activity Research Policy & Education

Published: January 30, 2014

Most people across the country support local policies that encourage physical activity in worksites, communities, and especially schools, according to a new study written by researchers at the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) and other universities. "This study is the first of its kind to examine on a national level how people view policies related to physical activity and healthy environments," said Jeanette Gustat, the study's lead author and a faculty investigator at the Tulane…

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Government Briefs: Actions on obesity

Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Policy & Education Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: January 30, 2014

New childhood obesity and diabetes research clinic opens in Louisiana Louisiana researchers launched a new center in January called the Translational Research Clinic for Children (TReCC) to study childhood obesity. The research clinic, housed at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, offers a youth-friendly environment for children and adolescents to participate in research studies aimed at improving health and reducing childhood obesity, according to a press release from Pennington. The TReCC clinic will underscore…

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House Approves Farm Bill, Ending a 2-Year Impasse

Food Environment Research Policy & Education

Published: January 29, 2014

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill authorizing nearly $1 trillion in spending on farm subsidies and nutrition programs, setting the stage for final passage of a new five-year farm bill that has been stalled for more than two years. Negotiators from the House and Senate spent several weeks working out their differences on issues in the legislation, including cuts to food stamps, income caps on farm subsidies and a price support…

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Spring 2014 seminars focus on communication skills

Education & Training Projects Policy & Education Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: January 28, 2014

Public Health Communication Seminar Series The Tulane Prevention Research Center, in partnership with the Tulane Maternal and Child Health Leadership Training Program, will provide a series of workshops for anyone interested in communication skills focused on promoting health, specifically community organizers, neighborhood groups and public health students and professionals. The Spring 2014 seminars will focus on how to create messages for the public, news media and policymakers. All seminars are free and open to the…

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Message from the Director

Education & Training Projects Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: January 28, 2014

Happiness is a symptom of a healthy mind and body. When we begin a new year, our family, friends, colleagues and neighbors wish us "HAPPY New Year," "PROSPEROUS New Year," "HEALTHY New Year." And we, in turn, give these wishes to those we know and love. Receiving and giving these good wishes makes us feel good, and, there is something motivating about beginning a new year. Hope is rekindled and great expectations arise. We have…

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Transportation for Livable Communities releases 2014 Voters Guide for New Orleans Elections

Physical Activity Research Policy & Education

Published: January 28, 2014

Transportation for Livable Communities, a coalition of New Orleans transportation, public health, environmental and community-based organizations, today announced the release of its 2014 Voters Guide for City Council and Mayoral candidates in the February 1st election. The document provides voters with candidate positions on several issues related to sustainable, safe, affordable and healthy transportation. Questionnaire topics include: public transit and the RTA's financial outlook infrastructure and programs for pedestrian and bicycle safety neighborhood parks and…

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FDA Says Nutrition Facts Label Will Get a Makeover

Food Environment Research Policy & Education

Published: January 23, 2014

After 20 years, the nutrition facts label on the back of food packages is getting a makeover. Knowledge about nutrition has evolved since the early 1990s, and the Food and Drug Administration says the labels need to reflect that. Nutritionists and other health experts have their own wish list for label changes. The number of calories should be more prominent, they say, and the amount of added sugar and percentage of whole wheat in the…

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Muppets mini-makeover aims to boost kids' health

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Published: January 23, 2014

Bert and Ernie jump rope and munch apples and carrots, and Cookie Monster has his namesake treat once a week, not every day. Can a Muppets mini-makeover improve kids’ health, too? A three-year experiment in South America suggests it can. Now, the Sesame Street project is coming to the United States. Already, a test run in a New York City preschool has seen results: Four-year-old Jahmeice Strowder got her mom to make cauliflower for the…

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Why Letting Kids Serve Themselves May Be Worth The Mess

Education & Training Projects Food Environment Research

Published: January 21, 2014

When it comes to feeding little kids, adults know best. But some nutritionists now argue that children could also benefit from a bit of autonomy at mealtimes. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that parents let kids as young as 2 years old serve themselves at home. And in 2011, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advised that child care providers should serve meals “family-style” – present kids with a few different dishes and allow…

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Cash Or Credit? How Kids Pay For School Lunch Matters For Health

Food Environment Research Policy & Education

Published: January 17, 2014

American kids have a problem with obesity, according to the most recent studies. In fact, the closest thing we have to good news about childhood obesity is that kids are not gaining weight as rapidly as they were some years ago. Researchers may have identified one surprising new factor in why kids are overeating. Compared with kids who use cash in school cafeterias, kids who use debit cards seem to make more unhealthful eating choices,…

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Where Does Obesity Come From?

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Published: January 14, 2014

A new article by John Cawley in NBER Reporter, “The Economics of Obesity,” poses an interesting question right at the top. Why study obesity like an economic problem, anyway? There are two broad answers. The first is simply methodological. Understanding the causes and consequences of obesity is hard because scientists like randomized experiments-e.g.: give one group drug X, give another group a placebo, and observe the difference. But this is almost impossible to do with…

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Most children get food and beverage marketing at school, study says

Education & Training Projects Food Environment Research Policy & Education

Published: January 13, 2014

Most students are exposed in school to efforts by food and beverage companies to sell food or gain brand loyalty, despite a decline in some kinds of commercial enterprises, including in soda machine contracts, researchers reported Monday. High school students get the most exposure, and for almost 64% of elementary school students, the most common type of commercialism is food coupons distributed as incentives, the researchers wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.…

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