Cities Target Elevated Levels of Pedestrian Deaths

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Published: December 19, 2014

After a variety of safety efforts have successfully reduced deaths from car crashes, transportation officials around the country are now focusing on another traffic-related problem: a general increase in pedestrian deaths since 2009. The U.S. saw 4,735 pedestrian deaths in 2013, a slight decline from the previous year but still 15 h% higher than in 2009, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data released Friday. That compares with the overall 32,719 traffic deaths the…

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Tulane University is certified healthy

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Published: December 12, 2014

Promotion of healthy eating and physical activity on its smoke-free campuses earned Tulane University the Fit NOLA Gold Award. "Tulane is the first university in New Orleans to earn the Fit NOLA designation, and we're so proud to say that Tulane achieved gold level certification," said Carolyn Johnson, director of the Tulane Prevention Research Center. "Fit NOLA is a model initiative for other cities looking to collaborate on a shared goal, leverage resources and highlight…

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Community Partner Updates

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Published: December 12, 2014

Meet our newest Community Advisory Board (CAB) member The Cookbook Project and see updates from longtime CAB members Friends of Lafitte Corridor and the New Orleans Health Department. Click on the photo to see a gallery of pictures from these partners. To find out more about the CAB, click here. Pictures 1-4: The Cookbook Project launched the New Orleans Food Literacy Initiative (NOFLI) this November to build demand for healthy foods through Food Literacy and…

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A new way to publish: The Journal of Community Health Promotion and Research

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Published: December 12, 2014

A new platform for sharing health work and research in the New Orleans region is launching next month. The public journal, managed by the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC), will give local partners an outlet to share lessons learned from local research, programs and campaigns with the rest of the region, country and world. Fittingly named the Journal of Community Health Promotion and Research, this journal is designed to engage the New Orleans community by…

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PRC Staff Spotlight

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Published: December 12, 2014

Meet the newest member of the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) team. Revonda Darensbourg, MSW, is the core research program manager at the Tulane PRC. Her work focuses on the center's core research project (2014-2019 grant cycle), which seeks to improve the weight status of residents in one New Orleans neighborhood compared to residents of a control neighborhood. Prior to joining the Tulane PRC, Revonda worked for Young Audiences of Louisiana as the ExpandEd Director…

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Nutrition Bites: Small changes count, too

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Published: December 12, 2014

New Years Resolutions – the notorious promise for self-improvement that gets broken in a week. Most resolutions are lofty goals that require a quick overhaul of everyday life. Here's the good news: Making a few small, manageable changes can make a difference in your health and make your resolution count. See if one of these resolutions works for you: 1. Make one change each month Small changes add up to make a big difference. Changing…

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Message from the Director

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Published: December 12, 2014

Hello from the United Arab Emirates. I am writing this article in Dubai, where I attended the 14th International Conference on Excellence in Pediatrics. I was privileged to present information and data from the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) for two different programs, on which we have been working over the last couple of years. The first was the work of Lori Andersen, MEd, and others at the Tulane PRC, on "Factors associated with adolescent…

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Fighting hunger and providing nutrition education

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Published: December 12, 2014

In addition to providing food and programs to more than 400 partners across 23 parishes in Louisiana, Second Harvest Food Bank launched a new project this summer aimed at weaving nutrition education into anti-hunger work, thanks to the help of a Tulane public health graduate student. Jordan Berner, a second year graduate student in nutrition at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, worked with food bank staff to develop tools needed to…

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$960000 in grants presented by Greater New Orleans Foundation to nonprofits - NOLA.com (blog)

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Published: December 11, 2014

NOLA.com (blog) $960000 in grants presented by Greater New Orleans Foundation to nonprofits NOLA.com (blog) "One way to address our obesity crisis is to educate students both inside and outside the classroom about the health benefits of eating fresh, local fruits and vegetables," said Kate Parker, executive director at Market Umbrella. "With our IMPACT grant …

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Kids' obesity risk increased by short sleep and breathing problems - Medical News Today

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Published: December 11, 2014

Medical News Today Kids’ obesity risk increased by short sleep and breathing problems Medical News Today Karen Bonuck – lead researcher from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York, NY – says lack of sleep “has become a well-recognized risk for childhood obesity.” She adds that sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is also a risk … Short sleep duration and sleep-related breathing problems increase obesity …Medical Xpress Early sleep abnormalities linked to later…

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These Are The Unhealthiest States In The US

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Published: December 10, 2014

For the third year in a row, America’s Health Rankings, an annual accounting of Americans’ health, has found that Hawaii is the healthiest state and Mississippi is the least healthy state in the US. Since the rankings began in 1990, Mississippi – which has high rates of obesity and diabetes, low availability of primary care, and high incidence of infectious disease – has always ranked among the bottom three. Hawaii – which has low rates…

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Doctors Dole Out Prescriptions for Exercise

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Published: December 08, 2014

Patients are coming out of the doctor's office with prescriptions for physical activity in addition to drugs, doctor referrals and follow-up protocols. Doctors are working exercise counseling into office visits and calling exercise a "vital sign" to be measured when they take readings like pulse and blood pressure. Rather than just explain the dangers of inactivity, they suggest the right amount of exercise, and in some cases refer patients to certified trainers or physical therapists…

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Obesity can reduce life by up to 8 years

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Published: December 08, 2014

Life expectancy can be reduced by up to 8 years by obesity, which can also cause adults to lose as much as 19 years of healthy life if it leads to type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. A study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology examines the issue. The researchers behind the study analyzed data from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), creating a disease-simulation model to estimate the risk of…

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Study Shows the Best Ways to Reduce Childhood Obesity

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Published: December 05, 2014

For a few years, communities across the country have pulled together to slow the epidemic of obesity in preschool and elementary-age children. But rates remain high – especially in the Hispanic community. It’s a reality we must address, knowing that Hispanic children represent the largest, youngest, and fastest-growing minority group in the nation. A recent study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine has some solid ideas on what we can do. By Dr.…

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Published: December 03, 2014

Except for brief periods of getting up and switching classrooms, I've been sitting for the past 90 excruciating minutes. I look down at my leg and notice it is bouncing. Great, I think to myself, now I'm fidgeting! I'm doing anything I can to pay attention – even contorting my body into awkward positions to keep from daydreaming. It is useless, I checked out about forty-five minutes ago. I'm no longer registering anything the teacher…

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Lafitte Greenway farmers market to receive federal help, White House announces

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Published: December 03, 2014

NEW ORLEANS – Would-be gardeners wishing to grow and sell small crops along the Lafitte Greenway had reason for hope Wednesday when the White House announced it wanted to help install a farmers market in the developing park. The project was among 26 handpicked by the White House Rural Council and other federal agencies to receive federally financed technical guidance as a means to boost local food farming around the country. Dubbed the “Local Food,…

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Prescribing Vegetables, Not Pills

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Published: December 01, 2014

Alaijah Borden was 10 years old and significantly overweight when Dr. Sundari Periasamy, a pediatrician at Harlem Hospital Center in New York, enrolled the middle-schooler in an innovative program to increase her consumption of fruits and vegetables – and, hopefully, to reduce her weight. After two years in the program, Alaijah is an unqualified success story: She lost five pounds the first year by snacking on fruits and vegetables, then eight pounds more the second…

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