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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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Message from the Director

Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: February 21, 2017

I gave up on magazine subscriptions a long time ago. I just never could find the time to keep up with the reading. So, I was pleasantly surprised recently when I received three magazines in the mail in one day. Pleasantly because they were free, and surprised because all three were about health, more or less. I thought I would scan quickly through them and into the recycling bin they would go. But I found…

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Community-Partner-Updates

Community Partner Updates

Special Community Engagement Projects

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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Staff-Spotlight

Staff Spotlight

Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: February 17, 2017

Dr. Jylana L. Sheats, PhD, MPH is a behavioral scientist and educator with a passion for working with racial/ethnic and vulnerable populations to reduce health disparities and promote health equity. Within the broader fields of nutrition and physical activity, her research is focused on: 1) examining psychosocial, social, environmental, and policy-related determinants of obesogenic behaviors and chronic diseases; 2) developing and testing technologies to deliver obesity and chronic disease-related behavior change interventions; and 3) utilizing…

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Nutrition Bites: Tips on how to eat healthier and save time

Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: February 16, 2017

In a perfect world, all your responsibilities – personal and professional – can be completed with time to spare. In reality, responsibilities need to be prioritized, and what often falls by the wayside is personal health. While there may be nothing wrong with eating the occasional junk food to indulge a sweet tooth, this indulgence can often begin a junk food cycle, in which any individual with a busy schedule can become a victim. So…

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New research shows profitability of healthy changes in corner stores

Food Environment Research Policy & Advocacy

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

Special Community Engagement Projects

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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Tulane student works with Spanish-speaking health support group

Education & Training Projects

Published: September 24, 2016

Forming close ties to the Spanish-speaking clinic patients she served, Tulane graduate student Erica Makar had the opportunity to apply her public health coursework and gained experience in leading support group sessions on key nutritional practices. The ultimate goal of the program she worked with was to reduce rates of obesity and diabetes. Makar was "able to cross the cultural boundaries and understand the differences in the Latin community," said her supervisor Fernando Sosa, a…

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Legislative Briefs: Government Actions on Obesity

Policy & Advocacy

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 Policy & Advocacy Special Community Engagement Projects

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

Policy & Advocacy

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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Staff-Spotlight

Staff Spotlight

Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: June 28, 2016

Maya Begalieva, MD, PhD, MPH, is an affiliated faculty with the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). She is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. In the past, she has worked as a physician specializing in cancer diagnostics; implemented health programs and relief operations with the International Federation of Red Cross; worked for the United Nations Development…

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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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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

Policy & Advocacy Special Community Engagement Projects

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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Community-Partner-Updates

Community Partner Updates

Special Community Engagement Projects

Published: April 28, 2016

See what our Community Advisory Board (CAB) members and partners have been up to this winter. Click on the photo to view a gallery of pictures and read the updates below from some of our members. To find out more about the CAB, click here to visit our Community Partners page. Photos 1-5: The Cookbook Project heats up the kitchen The Cookbook Project has been heating up in the kitchen in 2016! CBP launched the…

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Students showcase Tulane PRC research at conferences

Education & Training Projects Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research

Published: April 28, 2016

In April, student research assistants at the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) showcased their work and research with two projects at the center. Sara Beth Harrell (photo 2), senior at Tulane Newcomb College Institute, presented at the Engaged Scholarship and Social Justice Undergraduate Research Conference held at Harvard University. Harrell shared the findings of focus groups that were part of Movin' for LIFE, a core research project at the PRC. Following the Health Belief Model,…

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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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