National hunger study gets local assistance from Tulane grad student

Education & Training Projects Food Environment Research Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: September 30, 2013

by Naomi King Englar Visiting food banks across South Louisiana this summer, Tulane public health graduate student Kaity Storck said she gained valuable insights while helping coordinate and evaluate a national hunger study. Conducted once every four years, the Hunger in America Study collects comprehensive data on the demographic makeup and socio-economic situation of individuals and families that access the emergency food system. Second Harvest of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana uses the report to…

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Tulane PRC examines why corner stores aren't stocking more healthful foods

Education & Training Projects Food Environment Research Policy & Education

Published: May 31, 2013

Programs that aim to encourage corner store owners to stock more healthful foods face steep – but not insurmountable – challenges, according to a new Tulane University study. The Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) looked at how feasible it is for corner retailers located in so-called "food deserts" to stock more fresh fruits and vegetables. Researchers interviewed local produce wholesalers and corner store owners and surveyed customers and residents in three low-income neighborhoods without full-service…

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Fit NOLA moves forward with plans for a healthy city

Policy & Education

Published: March 31, 2013

by Naomi Englar March 2013 New Orleans' Fit NOLA initiative is making progress on its plans to become a healthier city, meeting in March to review the partnership’s work to develop a workplace wellness toolkit and other efforts to promote healthy eating and physical activity. "There is a social movement in this community, that we're going to not just be a better city but that we're going to be a healthier city," said New Orleans…

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The influence of Hurricane Katrina on disparities in food access in New Orleans

Food Environment Research

Published: January 31, 2011

Researchers suggest Hurricane Katrina can add another negative outcome to its destructive impact on the people of New Orleans: the worsening of existing disparities in neighborhood food access. Access to healthy food is essential for health promotion efforts, and yet disparities in retail food access exist throughout the country. Virtually no studies have examined how these disparities change over time and if particular events, such as a natural disaster, have an impact on neighborhood food…

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Growing Our Kids in "Healthy Soil"

Food Environment Research Policy & Education

Published: January 29, 2011

Diego Rose, director of the Tulane Prevention Research Center, writes editorial for the Journal of Adolescent Health.

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