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Tulane partners with The Food Trust in launching Center for Healthy Food Access

Food Environment Research

Published: February 21, 2017

Food helps bring people together. But accessing healthy food is a challenge, particularly for people living in underserved neighborhoods. While improvements have been made across the country to bring healthier food to more people in more places, a new coordinated national effort – which includes New Orleans and Tulane University – is seeking to build upon the work of organizations, institutions and businesses by sharing lessons learned, sparking inspiration and testing groundbreaking ideas. Diego Rose,…

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Old Ways of cooking find new learners in 9th Ward

Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: October 01, 2016

By connecting with the old African traditions of cooking with fresh foods, leafy greens, and flavorful spices and herbs, healthy habits can emerge. A series of cooking classes held in New Orleans' Upper and Lower 9th Ward neighborhoods focused on those traditions. The classes, called A Taste of African Heritage Cooking Classes, is one of several traditional cooking programs created by national nonprofit Old Ways. A Taste of African Heritage "blends nutrition and cultural history…

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PRCs 30th Anniversary: Community garden network teams up with Tulane PRC

Food Environment Research Policy & Education Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: June 28, 2016

The Backyard Gardeners Network is a Lower 9th Ward based nonprofit organization whose mission is to sustain and strengthen the area using food growing traditions as a platform to build community, revitalize the neighborhood and preserve cultural heritage. Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) has supported and partnered with BGN through practicum placements, food policy research and education, and program evaluation. In the field of food access and food policy, BGN and Tulane PRC have interacted…

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30th Anniversary: Tulane PRC supports school-based nutrition and garden education

Food Environment Research Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: February 26, 2016

Students supported by Edible Schoolyard New Orleans programming are eating more fruits and vegetables than the national average, according to a 2013-14 report by the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). ESYNOLA has been integrating hands-on organic gardening and seasonal cooking into FirstLine Charter school curriculum, culture, and cafeteria programs in New Orleans since 2006. Over the past few years, the Tulane PRC has partnered with ESYNOLA through program evaluation and graduate student intern placement in…

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NOLA Food Day works from ground up in Day of Service

Food Environment Research Policy & Education Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: October 28, 2015

On October 24, New Orleans celebrated the fifth annual Food Day, a national campaign to celebrate food and also inspire changes in diets and food policy. Across the country, thousands of events took place for the national day of advocacy around food. Locally, our efforts included an active community engagement component. NetWork Voluntours, a volunteer management organization, in conjunction with the National Fresh Food Day, Tulane Prevention Research Center, the French Market, and SPROUT NOLA…

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From nutrition to public policy: Improving healthy food access

Food Environment Research Policy & Education

Published: June 29, 2015

As the farm-to-table movement grows, nutrition and health professionals can be valuable contributors to public policymaking related to local foods and health, according to findings from the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). Last year, faculty and staff at the Tulane PRC explored strategies for improving public health in Louisiana by conducting policy research and educating lawmakers. Several of the strategies were incorporated into state legislation, and two focused on leveraging local food production, especially of…

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New food store explores its potential through HIA process

Food Environment Research

Published: June 29, 2015

In a matter of weeks, New Orleans' newest public food market will open in the burgeoning Central City neighborhood. One of the unique elements of the Jack & Jake's market – in addition to its focus on providing affordable, locally farmed foods to residents – is a process it went through prior to opening called an Health Impact Assessment, or HIA. HIAs have been used across the country as a tool to plan construction projects…

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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

Policy & Education

Published: June 29, 2015

June 2015 Public health policies passed at the close of 2015 Louisiana Legislature Bills and resolutions focusing on nutrition, obesity, and prevention-based strategies garnered political support in Louisiana this spring. The 2015 Regular Legislative Session, which ran from April to June, led to the passage of several pieces of legislation aimed at improving the health of Louisiana residents. The following is a summary of some legislation focused on these goals. Bill and resolution authors are…

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Mobile market introduced in New Orleans' Ninth Ward

Food Environment Research Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: June 29, 2015

In the Akan culture of Ghana, the "Sankofa" represents the importance of respecting the wisdom of the past while planning and working for the future. Tulane public health master's graduate Elyse Mason embodied that concept when she teamed up with Sankofa Community Development Corporation (CDC) to open a fresh food mobile market in New Orleans' Ninth Ward neighborhood. Sankofa CDC is a New Orleans organization that supports the creation of a local environment that promotes…

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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Policy & Education

Published: April 28, 2015

Strategies to improve Louisiana's food environment: The Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) is educating state lawmakers this spring about several strategies for expanding access to healthy foods and improving the food environment in Louisiana. To see the Tulane PRC's research briefs on strategies to improve Louisiana's public health, click here. Lawmakers have several pieces of legislation in front of them this spring that focus on food in schools, farming, and food retail. Among the bills…

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New Orleans Eat Local Challenge adds health-focused series of events

Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: April 20, 2015

Can you go 30 days on an all-local diet? Want to get into better shape? The Prevention Research Center (PRC) at Tulane University is joining dozens of local organizations, businesses and food growers in challenging New Orleans residents to live healthier and eat only foods grown, raised or caught within 200 miles of the city. The fifth annual Eat Local Challenge runs through June and the Tulane PRC is proud to be one of the…

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School gardens, kitchens show impact in New Orleans

Food Environment Research Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: October 06, 2014

Schools that offer gardening and cooking classes are seeing results, according to recent findings from the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). The Edible Schoolyard New Orleans (ESYNOLA), which has garden and kitchen-based programs at five FirstLine charter schools, selected the Tulane PRC to lead an evaluation of its activities during the 2013-2014 school year. Tulane PRC staff, with the help of three public health graduate students, conducted surveys with students and parents and led focus…

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NOLA Food Day will celebrate healthy food systems

Food Environment Research Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: October 06, 2014

New Orleans will host the 2nd Annual Big Easy Satsuma Peel, where residents, community organizers and public officials will peel into 200 satsumas at the same time on Friday, Oct. 24. What better way to celebrate healthy foods and New Orleans local food heritage than to peel into fresh Louisiana satsumas? The peel is at noon at Washington Artillery Park, across from Jackson Square in the French Quarter. The Big Easy Satsuma Peel is one…

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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Policy & Education

Published: July 30, 2014

Programs aim to revitalize blighted lots, build healthy communities in New Orleans Blighted, vacant and overgrown properties are in nearly every neighborhood in New Orleans. These problematic lots often generate crime, hurt neighborhood economic activity, and can prevent residents from participating in outdoor physical activity and accessing healthy food outlets. To chip away at the number of vacant lots, multiple programs and initiatives are currently underway. The New Orleans City Council’s Community Development Committee voted…

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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Policy & Education

Published: July 30, 2014

Louisiana Legislature ends with passage of public health policies Bills and resolutions focusing on nutrition, physical activity and other prevention-based strategies garnered political support in Louisiana this spring. The 2014 Regular Legislative Session, which ran from March to June, led to the passage of several pieces of legislation aimed at improving the health of Louisiana residents and building environments that promote healthy lifestyles. The following is a summary of some legislation, including the author, focused…

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Partner Updates & Pics

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Published: July 30, 2014

Check out what members of the Tulane Prevention Research Center’s Community Advisory Board (CAB) have been up to this summer! Click on the photo to the right to see pictures from a few of our CAB members. To find out more about the CAB, click here. PHOTOS 1-3: The Backyard Gardeners Network celebrated its first year of programming this summer and finished a pilot year of programming. The Lower 9 Growing Strong program has enlivened…

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Preparations underway for local, national presentations on PRC work

Education & Training Projects Policy & Education

Published: July 30, 2014

New Orleans plays host to two large conferences this fall, at which staff of the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) will present findings related to school-based nutrition and food initiatives, neighborhood factors related to physical activity, changes to food access in New Orleans and Louisiana and other issues related to community health. PRC work will also be featured at a conference in Washington, D.C., this fall. This fall’s conferences start with the second annual Farm…

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Local Foods, Local Places: Announcement of Federal Assistance for Sustainable Communities

Food Environment Research

Published: June 09, 2014

Obama Administration Announces Additional Support to Help Communities Boost Local Food Economies Updated Farm to School Census Demonstrates Economic Impact of Local Food Washington, D.C., June 9, 2014 — Today, on behalf of the White House Rural Council, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Local Food, Local Places, a federal initiative that will provide direct technical support to rural communities to help them build strong local food systems as part of their community’s economic action plans.…

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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Policy & Education

Published: July 24, 2013

by Naomi King Englar Millions in road repairs include 'complete street' features New Orleans’ latest installation of bike lanes – along oak tree-lined Esplanade and City Park avenues – was dedicated in June. Several more are slated to open this summer and later this year. The new bike lanes are part of the $90 million Paths to Progress program, a combined effort of federal, state and local agencies to improve streets in New Orleans. The…

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CAB Member Update & Pics

Education & Training Projects Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: May 31, 2013

Check out what members of the Tulane Prevention Research Center’s Community Advisory Board (CAB) have been up to this spring! Click on the photo to the right to see pictures from a few of our CAB members. To find out more about the CAB and visit each member’s website, click here. Photo 1: Bike safety is the focus of a new multimedia campaign, led by the all male dance troupe 610 Stompers, Regional Planning Commission…

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