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Residents urged to get Movin' for LIFE

Physical Activity Research Education & Community Engagement Projects

Published: February 21, 2017

The Tulane University Prevention Research Center (PRC) is encouraging residents of New Orleans to walk more with a new campaign that highlights maps of walking routes throughout the city's Ninth Ward. An outdoor advertising campaign using billboards, bus shelters and street poles was also conducted from January to February 2017 as part of a five-year initiative called Movin' for LIFE (Lasting Improvements for Fitness and Energy). The initiative is led by the PRC with input…

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Community-Partner-Updates

Community Partner Updates

Education & Community Engagement Projects

Published: February 20, 2017

See what our Community Advisory Board (CAB) members and partners have been up to! Click on the photo for a gallery of pictures, view a video and read updates. To find out more about our partners, click here to visit our Community Partners page. PHOTOS 1-4: FitLot built its first outdoor fitness park along the Lafitte Greenway in New Orleans in late January, thanks to volunteers – including Saints NFL punter Thomas Morstead – working…

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Legislative-Updates

Legislative Updates

Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: February 17, 2017

New members join Louisiana Obesity Commission At its January 2017 meeting, the Louisiana Obesity Prevention and Management Commission voted in two new members: Partnership for a Healthier Southwest Louisiana Southwest Louisiana and the Louisiana State University AgCenter. They will hold two seats designated for community-based groups. The January meeting also resulted in the co-chair nomination of Denise Holston of the LSU AgCenter to join current co-chair Melissa Martin of the Louisiana Department of Health's Bureau…

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Message from the Director

Education & Community Engagement Projects

Published: September 25, 2016

Recently, while in the supermarket waiting in line to get checked out, my eye fell on the magazine Woman's World. Like everyone else, I guess, I enjoy looking at some of the outlandish headlines on those strange magazines and papers one sees at the checkout counter, such as "Elvis and Martian get married," or some such foolishness. The headline that caught my eye in Woman's World, though, struck closer to home: "Walk off 103 lbs!"…

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Message from the Director

Physical Activity Research Education & Community Engagement Projects

Published: June 28, 2016

I have some really interesting information to share. I recently attended a "Nature Champions" workshop conducted by the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF). I always viewed the National Park Rangers as uniformed men and women who protect and maintain all of the federal nature reserves, the national parks and waterways. But they are much more than that. I was truly impressed by the…

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Community-Partner-Updates

Community Partner Updates

Education & Community Engagement Projects

Published: June 28, 2016

See what our Community Advisory Board (CAB) members and partners have been up to! Click on the photo to view a gallery of pictures and read the updates below. To find out more about the CAB and our partners, click here to visit our Community Partners page. Photos 1-2: Neighborhoods band together for cleanup effort June was a busy month for five New Orleans neighborhoods that participated in a storm drain cleaning effort to prepare…

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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: June 28, 2016

June 2016 National law aims to increase physical education and recreation in schools: The Louisiana Department of Education (DOE) will be hosting a series of public meetings this summer across the state on the national Every Student Succeeds Act. This federal law adds physical education back into the list of core subjects for schools after it was taken out by No Child Left Behind. The state is preparing a long-term plan to implement the law’s…

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30th Anniversary: Bunny Friend Neighborhood steps into shape with Tulane PRC support

Core Research (Movin' for LIFE) Education & Community Engagement Projects

Published: April 28, 2016

The Prevention Research Centers (PRCs) Program, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2016. Throughout the year, the Tulane PRC will share stories about its community-based work and partnerships. Click here for more about the 30th Anniversary. The Bunny Friend Neighborhood Association is a group of residents in New Orleans' Upper Ninth Ward that are committed to the well-being of the community. Tulane Prevention Research Center…

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Message-from-the-Director

Message from the Director

Core Research (Movin' for LIFE) Education & Community Engagement Projects

Published: April 28, 2016

There has been a lot going on with Tulane PRC presentations this spring semester. It has been really busy, and I thought you might be interested in hearing about some of the various audiences we have been reaching with our PRC work. (Click on the photo above to see a slideshow of pictures from some of the presentations.) The only international presentation occurred in Vienna, Austria, at the Conference on Nutrition & Growth which was…

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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Education & Community Engagement Projects

Published: April 28, 2016

April 2016 Bike share coming to New Orleans. A new system of renting bikes from fixed, public stations across New Orleans is in the works, with city officials officially starting the process to find a company to set up the system, commonly called bike share. Bike share systems have been identified as an affordable and effective tool for increasing urban mobility and improving economic, environmental and health issues when integrated with an existing transportation network.…

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Staff-Spotlight

Staff Spotlight

Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research

Published: April 28, 2016

Jeanette Gustat, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and is a co-investigator for the core project (2004-2009, 2009-2014 and 2014-2019 grant cycles) at the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). Dr. Gustat holds degrees from the Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana in political science/English (BA); and from Tulane SPHTM in International Public Health (MPH) and Epidemiology (PhD).…

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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: March 01, 2016

February 2016 Louisiana Obesity Commission releases final report. The Louisiana Obesity Prevention and Management Commission – formed through Act 580 during the 2014 Louisiana legislative session – officially sunsets this month. Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) has been an active delegate of the commission. For the past 18 months, the commission has met regularly to develop strategies to increase accountability, collaboration and delivery of health services. Its accomplishments include a statewide scan of obesity-related programs,…

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Prevention Research Centers make impact on policies, systems, and environments

Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: December 21, 2015

When working toward environmental changes, several Prevention Research Centers across the country have been successful thanks to specific steps they each followed. Researchers from seven PRCs across the country, including the Tulane Prevention Research Center, collaborated to evaluate their centers' work and published their findings in the October issue of Preventing Chronic Disease. The PRCs used a framework created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to examine policy, systems, and environmental interventions to…

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Legislative Briefs: government actions on obesity

Core Research (Movin' for LIFE) Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Education & Community Engagement Projects

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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Tulane PRC Steps It Up!

Physical Activity Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Education & Community Engagement Projects

Published: October 28, 2015

In honor of the U.S. Surgeon General’s recent Step It Up! campaign and Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities, the Tulane Prevention Research Center held a walking? break for staff and students during a training meeting on Oct. 23 in downtown New Orleans. (Click on the photo to see a photo gallery from our walking break!) As one of 26 Prevention Research Centers around the country, the Tulane PRC works with communities…

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Community health hub supported by Tulane practicum intern

Core Research (Movin' for LIFE) Food Environment Research Education & Community Engagement Projects

Published: October 28, 2015

By interning with an innovative collaboration at the ReFresh Project in New Orleans, one Tulane graduate student is learning more than he expected about how to bring together different interests and plan health programs for the community. Since this summer, Connor Cushman, a second year graduate student at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has worked to develop programming and evaluation plans for the ReFresh Project, a community health hub. ReFresh uses…

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

Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Education & Community Engagement Projects

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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Lafitte Greenway benefits from Tulane PRC practicum student

Core Research (Movin' for LIFE) Education & Community Engagement Projects

Published: August 24, 2015

Helping residents identify ways to increase availability of local foods and community gardens on the Lafitte Greenway, Kelly Bond, a recent master's level graduate from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, supported the nonprofit Friends of Lafitte Greenway (formerly Friends of Lafitte Corridor or FOLC) for her practicum this summer. Recently, Friends of Lafitte Greenway has been focusing on the 2.6-mile greenway's grand opening, as well as building programming and promoting…

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Community-Partner-Updates

Community Partner Updates

Education & Community Engagement Projects

Published: August 24, 2015

See what our Community Advisory Board (CAB) members have been up to this summer. Click on the photo to view a gallery of pictures from some of our members. To find out more about the CAB, click here. Photos 1-5: The Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED) focuses on coastal rehabilitation, greening the built environment and increasing food security by lifting up and strategically reinforcing community driven goals throughout the work…

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PRC-Staff-Spotlight

PRC Staff Spotlight

Physical Activity Research

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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