Obesity toolkit to help Louisiana's pediatricians address weight issues head on

Core Research Education & Engagement

Published: January 30, 2015

LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge has launched a new initiative aimed at helping reduce obesity in children. The center released its new Childhood Obesity Treatment Toolkit Thursday. It gives the state’s primary care physicians tactics for evaluating childhood obesity and approaches to treatment. The center is distributing more than 2,000 toolkits statewide, according to Pennington’s pediatric obesity researcher Dr. Amanda Staiano. To read and listen to the full story from WWNO (part…

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What Exactly is Culinary Medicine?

Core Research Food Environment Research

Published: January 29, 2015

Historically, this last week of January is when new year’s better-eating resolutions take a nosedive straight into a bowl of M&Ms. Some blame it on American football’s tradition of Superbowl Sunday—even the best intentions are insufficient ammunition against the big game’s siege of fast finger food and four sedentary TV hours. But what if in anticipation of the lapse, a doctor sent a couple of recipes for quick-cooking snack food that isn’t junk—and is maybe…

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DOT head challenges mayors on bicycle, walking safety

Physical Activity Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: January 22, 2015

Traffic deaths of pedestrians and bicyclists have been increasing. The U.S. Transportation Secretary today will challenge the nation’s mayors to improve safety in their cities. As more people opt to walk instead of drive and as bicycling continues to grow in popularity, traffic deaths of pedestrians and bicyclists have been trending upward for several years, at a rate higher than motor vehicle fatalities. While pedestrian deaths dropped slightly in 2013, bicycle fatalities continued to rise,…

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Smoking Can Cost You $1 Million to $2 Million in a Lifetime

Core Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: January 21, 2015

Your pack-a-day habit isn’t just destroying your lungs, but your bank account as well — more than you ever imagined. According to the American Lung Association, tobacco kills nearly half a million Americans annually and costs the nation $333 billion per year in health-care expenses and lost productivity to boot. But it’s hard for the average person — specifically, the average smoker — to wrap one’s brain around such an enormous figure. Coming to the…

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The Benefits of a Lunch Hour Walk

Physical Activity Research

Published: January 21, 2015

To combat afternoon slumps in enthusiasm and focus, take a walk during the lunch hour. A new study finds that even gentle lunchtime strolls can perceptibly – and immediately – buoy people’s moods and ability to handle stress at work. It is not news, of course, that walking is healthy and that people who walk or otherwise exercise regularly tend to be more calm, alert and happy than people who are inactive. But many past…

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Would Kids Eat More Veggies If They Had Recess Before Lunch?

Physical Activity Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: January 20, 2015

Schools are offering more and more healthy foods for lunch. And schools that participate in the National School Lunch program require students to choose a fruit and a vegetable side. Yet plate waste is a big problem in schools; as The Salt has reported, kids throw away anywhere from 24 to 35 percent of what’s on their trays. In many schools, kids tend to eat the entree, like pizza, first, and leave the fruits and…

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From Detox To Elimination Diets, Skipping Sugar May Be The Best Bet

Food Environment Research

Published: January 19, 2015

When it comes to detox diets, we totally get the appeal. Who’s not drawn to the idea of flushing all the toxins out of our bodies – a sort of spring cleaning of our insides? And yes, several years back, I even remember trying – if only for a day – the trendy cayenne-pepper liquid cleanse (as seen in this Mindy Kaling clip from The Office) as part of a cleansing/detox diet. But it turns…

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Can your cellphone help you lose weight?

Core Research Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research

Published: January 13, 2015

Like most Americans, you have packed on a few pounds with holiday feting and feasting. If you’re looking to trim down now, one of the best tools may be in the palm of your hand. Cellphone support can help people lose significantly more weight, according to a recent study conducted by researchers at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Tanika Kelly, associate professor of epidemiology, said using one of the many…

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First lady names food activist as new head of anti-obesity drive

Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: January 08, 2015

Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move anti-obesity campaign has a new leader: Debra “Deb” Eschmeyer, who grew up on a dairy farm in Ohio and co-founded FoodCorps, the White House said. Eschmeyer, 35, who lives in the nation’s capital, replaces Chicago chef Sam Kass, who left the White House in December to live in New York after nearly six years of working in the White House for President Barack Obama and the first lady. Eschmeyer will be…

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