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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Message-from-the-Director

Message from the Director

Education & Engagement

Published: June 02, 2017

Lots of exciting stuff coming up. The Tulane Prevention Research Center is hosting two community events and we look forward to seeing you there. The Movin' for LIFE 9th Ward Family Health Fair will be held at St. Mary of the Angels Church Gym, 3501 N. Miro St., New Orleans LA, on Saturday, August 12, 2017, from 10 am to 3 pm. Movin' for LIFE is encouraging families to come and have fun, learn about…

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Community-Partner-Updates

Community Partner Updates

Education & Engagement

Published: June 02, 2017

See what our Community Advisory Board (CAB) members and partners have been up to! Click on the photo for a gallery of pictures and read updates below. To find out more about our partners, click here to visit our Community Partners page. PHOTO 1: This spring the New Orleans Health Department announced a partnership with bike advocacy nonprofit Bike Easy and the New Orleans Police Department to train PE teachers and crossing guards at 10…

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Tulane and City of New Orleans launch bike share surveys

Education & Engagement

Published: June 02, 2017

The Tulane University community and residents across the city of New Orleans are being asked to voice their opinions and thoughts about bike share in two separate surveys. What is bike share? In Fall 2017, the City of New Orleans will launch a bike share system, powered by Social Bicycles (SoBi). Bike share technology offers online and on-the-spot opportunities to reserve and rent a bike that will take you where you need to go. At…

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Active Steps: Treadmill vs. Sidewalk

Education & Engagement

Published: June 01, 2017

Where Should I Run? If you are a runner or jogger, you may have wondered if running on the treadmill is as effective as running outside. Running or jogging is considered vigorous-intensity activity which means that you are breathing hard and fast and are not able to talk easily.(1) It is a simple and effective way to improve cardiovascular fitness and can be done outside or inside, if you have access to a gym or…

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Residents urged to get Movin' for LIFE

Physical Activity Research Education & Engagement

Published: February 21, 2017

The Tulane University Prevention Research Center (PRC) is encouraging residents of New Orleans to walk more with a new campaign that highlights maps of walking routes throughout the city's Ninth Ward. An outdoor advertising campaign using billboards, bus shelters and street poles was also conducted from January to February 2017 as part of a five-year initiative called Movin' for LIFE (Lasting Improvements for Fitness and Energy). The initiative is led by the PRC with input…

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Community-Partner-Updates

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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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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Active Steps: Staying active during Mardi Gras season

Education & Engagement

Published: February 16, 2017

You've made your New Year's resolution to exercise more often. You've made it through January and you've settled into your new exercise routine – congratulations! As those pounds slowly come off and your energy gradually increases, you're feeling really good. But then it's February, and King Cake and Mardi Gras season are fully upon us. How can you balance having fun with staying active? While it's important to maintain a regular workout routine, sometimes the…

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School crossing guard manual paired with biking, walking safety education

Core Research Physical Activity Research

Published: December 19, 2016

Kids in Louisiana get to school in many different ways but walking is usually involved at some point – whether that's from a parent's car, a school bus, home, or after locking up a bike. To make the journey safer, the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) recently created a school crossing guard manual at the request of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Click here to download a copy of the manual. The creation…

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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: December 15, 2016

New Orleans plans for bike share in October 2017 The City of New Orleans first large-scale bike share program will hit the streets in less than a year. Under a five-year deal with New York-based Social Bicycles, the company will provide 700 bike-share bicycles and 70 stations by October 2017. Another 200 bicycles will be added to the program by 2019. Bike share is a system of short-term rental bikes, usually connected to public stations.…

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Active Steps: Improving Mental Wellbeing with Exercise

Education & Engagement

Published: December 15, 2016

Depression is increasingly becoming a common problem for many individuals. It is often difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of depression – because there are so many possible triggers – and even more difficult to find the right coping mechanisms. However, natural coping mechanisms such as physical activity may act as a great natural antidepressant for some people. Physical activity is not only known for improving physical health, but also known for improving mental health.…

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Message-from-the-Director

Message from the Director

Education & Engagement

Published: September 25, 2016

Recently, while in the supermarket waiting in line to get checked out, my eye fell on the magazine Woman's World. Like everyone else, I guess, I enjoy looking at some of the outlandish headlines on those strange magazines and papers one sees at the checkout counter, such as "Elvis and Martian get married," or some such foolishness. The headline that caught my eye in Woman's World, though, struck closer to home: "Walk off 103 lbs!"…

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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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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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Active Steps: Maintain a Healthy Workout Schedule

Physical Activity Research

Published: September 21, 2016

Now that summer is winding down, schedules are beginning to fill up. You may suddenly be finding it hard to fit exercise into your schedule. Instead of skipping your workout, consider following a few of these tips to stay active throughout the day. Workout with a Friend Ask a friend to come running with you or to an exercise class. Not only will you motivate each other, but you will help hold each other accountable…

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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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Message-from-the-Director

Message from the Director

Physical Activity Research Education & Engagement

Published: June 28, 2016

I have some really interesting information to share. I recently attended a "Nature Champions" workshop conducted by the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF). I always viewed the National Park Rangers as uniformed men and women who protect and maintain all of the federal nature reserves, the national parks and waterways. But they are much more than that. I was truly impressed by the…

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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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