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Legislative Briefs: government actions on obesity

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Published: December 21, 2015

December 2015 Pedestrian and Bike Safety Committee meets to improve pedestrian and bike safety in New Orleans A New Orleans government committee focused on safety for people walking and biking met in October and December – the third and fourth meetings of the group – to develop recommendations on making the city safer for all transportation users, including bikers, pedestrians and people with disabilities. The committee has been receiving public input and reviewing existing laws,…

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Post-Katrina: 10 years of Tulane PRC work to rebuild New Orleans

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Published: August 24, 2015

Where we live shapes daily life, habits and health – ask anyone in New Orleans who's tried to walk on broken sidewalks or buy fresh produce in a neighborhood that lacks a full-service grocery store. When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast and the levee system failed in New Orleans in 2005, businesses shut down, roads were in shambles, and parks were unsafe. The opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity were wiped out. But…

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PRC Staff Spotlight

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Published: August 24, 2015

John Marmion, MPH, is the program coordinator for the Tulane Prevention Research Center's (PRC) Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, a school-based education program in 10 New Orleans schools that focuses on teaching safe walking and biking skills to 4th and 5th graders and funded by the Louisiana State Department of Transportation. As the program manager, John works with New Orleans public schools and program partner Bike Easy, a local bike advocacy nonprofit, to implement…

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Hundreds of New Orleans students learn safe walking, biking

Physical Activity Research Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: June 29, 2015

By Naomi Englar, Tulane PRC June 2015 New Orleans students hopped on bikes and laced up their shoes to practice safe walking and biking, as part of the inaugural Walk & Roll to School Week on May 9-15. The week of events promoted walking and biking for transportation and marked the end of a citywide program providing comprehensive road safety education to 335 students in 10 schools. That citywide program took place this past spring…

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Safe streets lead to more walking and biking to school

Physical Activity Research Policy & Advocacy

Published: February 10, 2015

More students walk or bike to school when surrounding streets, sidewalks and crosswalks are safe and attractive, according to a Tulane University study recently published in the Journal of School Health. "Our study found a clear connection between features in the environment, such as sidewalk conditions and traffic speeds, and the rates of biking and walking to school in Louisiana," said Jeanette Gustat, clinical associate professor of Epidemiology at the Tulane School of Public Health…

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PRC Staff Spotlight

Policy & Advocacy Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: February 10, 2015

Meet the policy and advocacy manager at the Prevention Research Center (PRC) at Tulane University, Adrienne Mundorf, MPH. In her role with the PRC, Adrienne conducts research on and advocates for evidence-based strategies to improve the health through improvements to the built environment and the promotion of healthy behaviors. She is the new chair of the New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee (FPAC),- a group of food, nutrition and agriculture-focused organizations and nonprofits with a…

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State group focuses on safety for walkers, cyclists and people with disabilities

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Published: February 10, 2015

Under a shared goal to see safer streets for all types of transportation in Louisiana – not just cars and trucks – a new coalition of partners from across the state is forming this year. "The dedication of this collaboration of people from diverse communities and backgrounds across the state guarantees a positive impact on the culture of Louisiana. We agree that being physically active is beneficial to all people," said Monique Koll, a veterinarian…

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Tulane center gets grant to keep working to make New Orleanians healthier

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Published: June 05, 2014

Tulane University’s Prevention Research Center has received a $4.3 million federal grant to continue its fight against obesity and its work to make New Orleanians healthier. The grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – the fourth five-year grant Tulane center has received since its founding in 1998 – will underwrite research, advocacy and community engagement to find obstacles to good health and strategies to overcome them. “We appreciate the opportunity to continue…

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Improving Louisiana's health is forefront for lawmaker

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Published: May 06, 2014

By Naomi Englar State Sen. David Heitmeier, D-New Orleans, is on a mission to improve the state's health this spring with help from the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). "As chairman of the Louisiana Senate Health and Welfare Committee, I know we need to make changes statewide if we want to become healthier," Heitmeier said. "The Tulane PRC has provided me with valuable information on best practices, resources and health statistics." The Tulane PRC conducted…

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Partner Updates & Pics

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Published: May 03, 2014

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 see pictures from a couple of our CAB members. To find out more about the CAB and visit each member's website, click here. Bike Easy Pics 1-3: Bike Easy hosted Bike to Work Day on April 9 in New Orleans. More than 800 people and over 80 businesses and organizations…

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Public support strong for policies & environments that ecourage physical activity

Physical Activity Research Policy & Advocacy

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

Physical Activity Research Policy & Advocacy

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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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

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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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Traffic safety camera campaign features Tulane PRC & partners

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Published: August 28, 2013

American Traffic Solutions has teamed up with partners in New Orleans to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding and red-light running. The campaign not only explains the dangers to vulnerable populations (bicyclists, walkers and children), but also how the camera systems work to reduce injuries and fatalities. Featured in the video is Dr. Kathryn Parker, director of KidsWalk Coalition and assistant director of The Prevention Research Center at Tulane University, who states, "Traffic cameras…

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Streets will transform into playgrounds at New Orleans' Play Streets

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Published: July 24, 2013

by Naomi King Englar July 2013 For one day, a few New Orleans streets will come alive with people walking, cycling, dancing and playing games, all free of cars and exhaust. That's the goal of Play Streets Ciclovia on Oct. 26. Other Play Streets events have been held and are planned for this year in parks and playgrounds. But this first-of-its-kind event on Oct. 26 will bring people together in the street from 9 a.m.…

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KidsWalk Coalition's Breakfast Roundtable: Active & Ready to Learn

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Published: July 24, 2013

Active and Ready to Learn: Transportation's Role in Creating Healthy and Academic Ready Students Tulane University's Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives and KidsWalk Coalition at the Tulane Prevention Research Center are proud to co-sponsor a free breakfast roundtable discussion about the role transportation plays in the health and academic readiness of New Orleans' school age children. Please join us for breakfast and to contribute to an important conversation about creating social change through transportation…

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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

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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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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

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Published: May 31, 2013

State deciding fate of New Orleans ferries A recent study from nonprofit Ride New Orleans found that most people taking the city's ferries depend on them to get to and from work. But the fate of New Orleans’ ferries is uncertain with state lawmakers yet to make a final decision. Nonprofit Ride New Orleans interviewed more than 1,500 individuals and found that 51 percent of riders use the ferries to get to their jobs –…

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CAB Member Update & Pics

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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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Bike to Work Day celebrates active commuting

Physical Activity Research

Published: March 31, 2013

by Naomi Englar March 2013 Hundreds of bicycles will take to the streets to celebrate Bike to Work Day on April 9 in New Orleans. The citywide event promotes bicycling as a healthy option for commuting to work and has seen local politicians like New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu participate in previous years. "We anticipate this year we’ll have a huge turnout for Bike to Work Day," said Marin Tockman, communications and development director at…

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