Tulane team releases guide to innovative local nutrition and food work

Food Environment Research

Published: October 24, 2018

Navigating the New Orleans food and nutrition scene just got easier. An interdisciplinary team at Tulane University recently developed the “Resource Guide to Innovative Work in Food & Nutrition in New Orleans.” This free guide was produced by Tulane Nutrition, part of the university’s School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, with support from The Food Trust’s Center for Healthy Food Access and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Tulane staff from the Tulane Prevention Research…

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Nutrition Bites: Think of Your Heart on Valentine's Day

Education & Engagement

Published: February 01, 2018

February is packed full of celebrations: Heart Month, Valentine’s Day, and this year, Mardi Gras. When most people think of Valentine’s Day, they think of rich and decadent food – chocolates, candy, and fancy restaurant dinners. However, Valentine’s Day can also be an opportunity to make heart healthy choices with the ones you love. Added sugars, such as from candy, soda, sports drinks, ice cream and cereal are a large part of many Americans’ diets.…

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Staff Spotlight

Education & Engagement Food Environment Research

Published: October 27, 2017

This newsletter’s spotlight is on Elisa Munoz-Miller, a sub-contractor at the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) and co-chair of the New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee (FPAC). Elisa is working with the Tulane PRC through a grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to support the work of FPAC to increase healthy eating opportunities for children and families. The Tulane PRC is a founding member of FPAC, established in 2007 to address post-Katrina food access…

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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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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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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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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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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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Nutrition Bites: Healthy Lifestyle for Cancer Prevention

Food Environment Research

Published: February 29, 2016

With one-third of all cancer deaths related to poor diet and physical activity, it’s no surprise that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is key to cancer prevention. In fact, when asked the number one way to prevent cancer, Laura Kerns, a Registered Dietitian at University Medical Center and Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition, keeps it simple, “Eat your fruits and vegetables! Research shows that consuming a plant-based diet with healthy fats, similar to the Mediterranean…

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Nutrition Bites: Hot Topic - Probiotics

Core Research Food Environment Research Education & Engagement

Published: December 21, 2015

Gut health is getting more attention as research reveals the benefits of a balanced microbiota, or the microbe population in the intestine. Prebiotics are also gaining popularity due to their direct impact on gut microbiota, but what do we really know about probiotics? What are probiotics? The Food and Agriculture Organization and The World Health Organization define probiotics as “Live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” More…

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

Core Research

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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NOLA Food Day will celebrate healthy food systems

Food Environment Research Education & Engagement

Published: October 06, 2014

New Orleans will host the 2nd Annual Big Easy Satsuma Peel, where residents, community organizers and public officials will peel into 200 satsumas at the same time on Friday, Oct. 24. What better way to celebrate healthy foods and New Orleans local food heritage than to peel into fresh Louisiana satsumas? The peel is at noon at Washington Artillery Park, across from Jackson Square in the French Quarter. The Big Easy Satsuma Peel is one…

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Fast-Food Companies Still Serving Unhealthy Meals, Aggressively Marketing to Children

Food Environment Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: November 08, 2010

Unprecedented new report on fast-food nutrition and marketing examines actions of 12 of the nation’s largest chains.

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