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If you serve it, will they eat?

Food Environment Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: June 13, 2017

When it comes to healthy eating for kids, public health experts often look to schools for answers because children spend much of their time and consume much of their calories there. And thanks to national childhood obesity initiatives over the past several years, salad bars are showing up in schools across the country. But do they work? In New Orleans, the national Let's Move! Salad Bars to Schools initiative donated salad bar structures to 43…

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Shopping at farmers markets and preparing food at home are key in healthier diet

Core Research Food Environment Research

Published: June 08, 2017

When residents of two New Orleans neighborhoods tended to shop at a farmer's market or prepare food at home, they also tended to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, according to a recently published study by the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). The study was published in the journal Preventive Medicine Reports in June 2017, and study authors included partners from the project's steering committee. (Click the picture above to see the committee members who…

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Tulane PRC receives grant to support long-standing local committee for healthy food access

Food Environment Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: June 08, 2017

Building on its history to improve the availability of fresh, healthy foods in New Orleans, the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) was recently awarded funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to support the work of the New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee to increase healthy eating opportunities for children and families. "FPAC is grateful for the opportunity to continue our work to guide New Orleans toward a healthier, more sustainable food system," said Elisa…

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Tulane graduate student works with community to enhance greenway

Education & Engagement

Published: June 05, 2017

As New Orleans continues to roll forward new initiatives to create a more active and healthy community, one Tulane graduate had the opportunity to support one – the city's longest linear public park – as part of Tulane Prevention Research Center’s (PRC) Health Promotion Practicum program. The Lafitte Greenway is a 2.6-mile multi-use trail that allows both pedestrians and cyclists to travel from Mid-City to the French Quarter while connecting neighborhoods, green spaces, and recreation…

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PRC network hosts Food and Obesity Symposium

Education & Engagement Food Environment Research

Published: June 02, 2017

More than 100 people gathered in Philadelphia this spring to discuss the availability and marketing of healthy and unhealthy food in their communities. The University of Pennsylvania Prevention Research Center (UPenn PRC) hosted the day-long symposium "Accelerating Policies & Research on Food Access, Diet, and Obesity Prevention" on April 28. The meeting brought together prevention health researchers and public health advocates to discuss today's food environment and focus on future directions for this important health…

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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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Community Partner Updates

Education & Engagement

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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New research shows profitability of healthy changes in corner stores

Food Environment Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: December 19, 2016

Fresh fruits and vegetables are not always on the grocery list when on a trip to the neighborhood corner store, in large part because many corner store owners don't stock produce thinking they aren't as profitable as the longer-shelf-life snack foods and beverages. However, fruits and vegetables may be more profitable for corner stores than was once thought, according to a study by the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) recently published in the Journal of…

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Nutrition Bites: Rethinking Holiday Meals

Food Environment Research

Published: December 15, 2016

Holiday season is in full swing, and for many people that means one last time to indulge before the New Year begins. However, that doesn't mean you have to derail the progress you have made this year. There are plenty of ways to incorporate a healthy lifestyle into holiday fun. One great way to make your holiday dinner a little healthier this year is to leave out the meat. With so many other decadent holiday…

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Old Ways of cooking find new learners in 9th Ward

Education & Engagement

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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As population ages, nutrition may be an issue

Food Environment Research

Published: September 30, 2016

Older adults in New Orleans tend to eat fewer servings of fresh fruits and vegetables and consume less food overall than their younger counterparts, according to a citywide phone survey conducted by the Tulane Prevention Research Center. Adults 75 years of age and older consumed 2.3 servings of fresh produce, compared with a full 3 servings per day for adults less than 50 years of age, and were significantly less likely to get 4 or…

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Legislative Briefs: Government Actions on Obesity

Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: September 23, 2016

New Orleans chooses company to implement bike share program Social Bicycles, or SoBi, beat out 6 competitors for a multi-year contract to provide its bike services in New Orleans. A City Hall selection committee chose the Brooklyn, NY, based company over competitors for its innovative use of technology and ability to make the program accessible to low-income residents without funding from the city itself. Contract talks are in progress and SoBi hopes to have 700…

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Nutrition Bites: Eat Healthy and Save Money

Food Environment Research

Published: September 21, 2016

Eating healthy can have many different definitions, but often times what comes to mind when trying to eat healthy is the word “expensive.” Not buying wisely can result in overspending. Here are some tips on how to eat healthy without breaking the bank. Shop in season By shopping for fruits and vegetables that are in season you are able to get the most bang for your buck. In the months of September and October, apples,…

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

Food Environment Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Education & Engagement

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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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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Nutrition Bites: Summertime Hydration

Food Environment Research

Published: June 28, 2016

Hydration is a key component in our health that is often overlooked. Now that we are in the heat of summer, with exceptionally high temperatures, hydration is crucial to a safe and happy summer. The human body is made up of about 60% water. Water is imperative for good health and plays many important roles in the body, such as, aiding in flushing out waste products, regulating body temperature, preventing constipation and much more. The…

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Message from the Director

Core Research Education & Engagement

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 & Engagement

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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30 years of Building Healthier Communities Together

Food Environment Research Education & Engagement

Published: March 01, 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. ReFresh: Research and cross-sector partnerships support innovative community health hub Many neighborhoods in New Orleans have historically lacked a full-service grocery store, preventing residents from easily buying healthy foods,…

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