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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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Staff-Spotlight

Staff Spotlight

Education & Engagement

Published: June 02, 2017

Megan Knapp, MPH, is a doctoral student and research assistant at the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). She supervises data entry and assists with PRC activities that aim to reduce or prevent overweight and obesity in the Greater New Orleans area. As a PhD student at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, she is studying under the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences. She is a graduate of Emory University…

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Legislative-Updates

Legislative Updates

Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: February 17, 2017

New members join Louisiana Obesity Commission At its January 2017 meeting, the Louisiana Obesity Prevention and Management Commission voted in two new members: Partnership for a Healthier Southwest Louisiana Southwest Louisiana and the Louisiana State University AgCenter. They will hold two seats designated for community-based groups. The January meeting also resulted in the co-chair nomination of Denise Holston of the LSU AgCenter to join current co-chair Melissa Martin of the Louisiana Department of Health's Bureau…

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Staff-Spotlight

Staff Spotlight

Education & Engagement

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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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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Tulane student works with Spanish-speaking health support group

Core Research

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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Body size & body satisfaction

Core Research Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research

Published: June 28, 2016

Many people in New Orleans are not satisfied with their body size with more than half of those in a recent study desiring a body smaller than their own, according to a Tulane Prevention Research Center study published in Health Education & Behavior. Additionally, most people underestimated their actual body size. "A person's perception of themselves has important implications for personal health," said study author Jeanette Gustat, an investigator with the Tulane PRC and a…

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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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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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The Impact of Prevention Research Centers: Infographic

Core Research Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Education & Engagement

Published: March 18, 2016

Learn about the impact of the Prevention Research Centers Program with this new infographic. The Tulane PRC is part of this network of university research centers focused on Building Healthier Communities (2016). Click here to download a PDF of the infographic. Or click on the picture above to see a slideshow of the infographic’s facts and images.

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Win for healthy food choices on City of New Orleans properties

Core Research Food Environment Research

Published: March 01, 2016

New Orleans city government employees and visitors will soon have more healthy food options when on city properties. On Monday, Feb. 22, the City of New Orleans announced healthy updates to its vending and food service policy. The updated policy will not only make it easier for city employees and residents to make healthier food choices, but also challenges local businesses, surrounding communities, and the state of Louisiana to enact similar policies. The new policy…

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Community Partner Updates

Education & Engagement

Published: March 01, 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. Photos 1-3: Youth Run NOLA runs the city in 5k race More than 1,000 runners – adults and youth – ran through the New Orleans' neighborhoods of the Marigny and…

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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: March 01, 2016

February 2016 Louisiana Obesity Commission releases final report. The Louisiana Obesity Prevention and Management Commission – formed through Act 580 during the 2014 Louisiana legislative session – officially sunsets this month. Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) has been an active delegate of the commission. For the past 18 months, the commission has met regularly to develop strategies to increase accountability, collaboration and delivery of health services. Its accomplishments include a statewide scan of obesity-related programs,…

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New Movin' for LIFE project works with communities to improve health

Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Education & Engagement

Published: December 21, 2015

We all know we should be eating healthfully and getting regular physical activity, but actually doing so isn't always easy. So how can we support communities in New Orleans to meet those goals? The Tulane Prevention Research Center has started a new project – Movin' for LIFE – with the goal of finding out how to help residents in specific neighborhoods improve their diet and physical activity and putting the resources in place to make…

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Legislative Briefs: government actions on obesity

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

Published: December 21, 2015

December 2015 Pedestrian and Bike Safety Committee meets to improve pedestrian and bike safety in New Orleans A New Orleans government committee focused on safety for people walking and biking met in October and December – the third and fourth meetings of the group – to develop recommendations on making the city safer for all transportation users, including bikers, pedestrians and people with disabilities. The committee has been receiving public input and reviewing existing laws,…

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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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PRC-Staff-Spotlight

PRC Staff Spotlight

Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research

Published: October 28, 2015

Leann Myers, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and is the biostatistician for the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). She has worked on the center's core projects (2014-2019 and 2009-2014 grant cycles) and has an interest in longitudinal data analysis, Monte Carlo methods, categorical data analysis, and goodness of fit issues. Content areas include aging, cardiovascular health and disease,…

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Nutrition Bites: Healthy Eating on a Budget

Education & Engagement

Published: October 28, 2015

Contrary to popular belief, eating healthy doesn't have to be more expensive, and the Eat Dat! Cookbook by the Tulane Prevention Research Center is here to tell you how to have a balanced diet and a balanced checkbook. Eat Dat! Cookbook features healthy and delicious recipes, the cost of each ingredient and serving, and the nutrition information for every dish. Get a jump-start on saving money and eating healthy by following these four tips. Plan…

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Post-Katrina: 10 years of Tulane PRC work to rebuild New Orleans

Food Environment Research Physical Activity Research Education & Engagement

Published: August 24, 2015

Where we live shapes daily life, habits and health – ask anyone in New Orleans who's tried to walk on broken sidewalks or buy fresh produce in a neighborhood that lacks a full-service grocery store. When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast and the levee system failed in New Orleans in 2005, businesses shut down, roads were in shambles, and parks were unsafe. The opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity were wiped out. But…

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