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Louisiana promotes toolkit for daycare centers to reduce screen time

Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: February 21, 2017

Children spend an average of seven hours per day using electronic devices including TV, videos, DVDS, computers, tablets, and other handheld devices. Too much screen time can lead to reduced physical activity, thus increasing a child's risk for being overweight or obese. In 2015, Tulane Prevention Research Center faculty co-investigator, Jeanette Gustat, PhD, MPH, partnered with Louisiana Department of Health and the Louisiana Department of Education to begin looking at strategies to reduce screen time…

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Louisiana partners enourage less screen time for children

Physical Activity Research Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: June 28, 2016

Too much time sitting in front of the television or watching a phone or tablet is linked to poor school performance, childhood obesity and attention problems. Starting in 2015, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) has partnered with the Louisiana Department of Education (DOE), LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine – specifically Tulane Prevention Research Center faculty investigator Jeanette Gustat – to participate in…

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Message from the Director

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Published: February 29, 2016

I just went to see my 6-year-old grandchild play soccer. What an experience that was! Anyway, I looked around the various fields where hundreds of young kids were playing soccer games. And I really felt good, because this is good physical activity. Imagine it. For a football team, only 11 guys make first team, and the rest sit down and watch – not to mention the girls. It's kind of that way with most team…

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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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New Orleans students use salad bars in schools, but not equally

Food Environment Research

Published: October 28, 2015

Most New Orleans students are using new salad bars that have been installed in public school cafeterias since 2011, but there is also room for improvement because African-American students are less likely to use the salad bars than their peers, according to a recently published Tulane University study. Researchers from the Tulane Prevention Research Center found that a majority of New Orleans students – 60 percent – reported eating from the salad bars in their…

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Nutrition Bites: Back to School Basics

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Published: August 24, 2015

In August, Kids Eat Right Month highlighted some great ideas to support nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for students headed back to school. Here are a few ideas to get students eating healthy this school year. Breakfast can be a hard thing to fit into a busy morning; however, kids who eat breakfast are more likely to concentrate better, retain more information, and excel to higher levels in both reading and math! The night before,…

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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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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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Nutrition Bites: Smart Summer Snacking

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Published: June 29, 2015

Schools out for summer! That means busy schedules for parents, summer activities for children, and waking up every morning to the sweltering New Orleans heat. While its tempting to cool down with a snowball or popsicle, snacks like these can have up to 7 grams of sugar and offer little nutritional benefits. Instead, try these healthy, budget-conscious, and kid-friendly twists on favorite summer snacks! (Note: The recipes below contain mostly natural sugar from fruit, not…

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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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Webinar recording available: "Feet, Forks and the Fate of Our Families"

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Published: April 20, 2015

The Prevention Research Center at Tulane University and the Tulane Maternal and Child Health Leadership Training Program presented a live streaming webcast on April 21, led by Dr. David Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, founding director of Yale University's Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center. The recorded webcast is now available on the ALPHTN website’s On Demand page. Click here to visit the On Demand page. Click on the picture above to see photos from the webcast…

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Nutrition Bites: Basics of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015

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Published: April 19, 2015

Every five years, the Department of Health and Human Services teams up with the United States Department of Agriculture to update the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). Currently, this process is coming to a close and a final report is to be published by the end of 2015. Here are the basics so far: What is The Dietary Guidelines for Americans? The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) is a set of guidelines to promote a…

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Safe streets lead to more walking and biking to school

Physical Activity Research Policy & Education

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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Community Partner Updates

Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: February 10, 2015

See what our Community Advisory Board (CAB) members have been up to this winter. Click on the photo to see a gallery of pictures from partners School Health Connection at the Louisiana Public Health Institute and Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana. To find out more about the CAB, click here. School Health Connection Pictures 1-2: School Health Connection is pleased to announce the release of "Expanded Opportunities for Physical Activity…

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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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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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New Partner Spotlight

Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: October 06, 2014

Meet our newest Community Advisory Board (CAB) members. Click on the photo to see a gallery of pictures from these amazing new partners. To find out more about the CAB, click here. Pictures 1-3: Up2Us New Orleans trained 42 local coaches in sports-based youth development in July. During the training at the Kingsley House, coaches committed to implementing new skills learned at the training and dropping bad habits that negatively affect kids. Each coach is…

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Changes to WIC food package improve access to healthy food, PRC studies find

Food Environment Research Policy & Education

Published: July 30, 2014

Changes to the federal food assistance program for low-income women and their children improved the availability of healthy foods for them to buy at small stores in New Orleans, according to new research from the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). In late 2009, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) began to offer participants fruits, vegetables, low-fat milk and whole grain cereal, bread or rice. Prior to that, none of these…

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New chair wants PRC's Community Advisory Board to become model for others

Education & Training Projects Policy & Education Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: July 30, 2014

Peter Stevenson has worked in recreational sports, fitness and wellness for more than 20 years across the country. So he jumped at the chance to be more involved in community-based health work in New Orleans and become the chair of the Tulane Prevention Research Center's (PRC) Community Advisory Board (CAB). "So many people around the table, working on the same goal," Stevenson said of his fellow CAB members. "It's going to change the community." This…

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Partner Updates & Pics

Education & Training Projects Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Policy & Education Special Community Engagement Projects

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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