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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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#LiveFitNOLA Twitter chat to focus on breastfeeding in November

Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: October 26, 2015

Tulane PRC and the City of New Orleans’ Fit NOLA initiative moderate monthly #LiveFitNOLA Twitter chats that focus on health and wellness in New Orleans. Chats take place on the first Thursday of every month from noon to 1pm CT. Each month, the chat will carry a different health and wellness theme, paired with a local host that can add their lens of insight to the selected topic. The Greater New Orleans Breastfeeding Awareness Coalition…

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Nutrition Bites: Smart Summer Snacking

Special Community Engagement Projects

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: 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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Getting Kids to Eat Vegetables Through Inaction

Education & Training Projects Food Environment Research

Published: July 24, 2014

In a country where the most popular vegetable is a potato, getting kids and veggies to reach a detente is on a lot of people’s minds. A classic parental strategy is to tell kids the vegetables are good for them. "Spinach will make you strong," they might say, invoking Popeye. "It'll put hair on your chest," my dad always said. (He had three daughters.) But a new study forthcoming in the Journal of Consumer Research…

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Childhood family violence alters DNA, Tulane study of New Orleans kids shows

Policy & Education Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: June 17, 2014

Children who are exposed to family violence and instability experience critical DNA changes that could hasten mental and physical illness. That’s according to a new study of 80 New Orleans area children published Monday in Pediatrics, the medical journal of the American Association of Pediatrics. Children ages five to 15 who witnessed family violence, experienced a family member’s suicide or had a family member incarcerated were more likely to undergo cellular aging as evidenced by…

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Social innovation competition focuses on health in New Orleans

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

Published: May 06, 2014

By Naomi Englar (Photos courtesy of Rush Jagoe, rushjagoe.com) A New Orleans program providing health services and screenings to children at school won first place during a citywide pitch competition this April. At Propeller’s annual PitchNOLA event, 12 local entrepreneurs pitching their health-focused businesses, programs, products and services to a room of their peers and a panel of three judges. While some of the pitches focused on expanding existing work or products, others were new…

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Improving Louisiana's health is forefront for lawmaker

Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Policy & Education

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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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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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Policy & Education

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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