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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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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Active Steps: Working Out in the Heat

Physical Activity Research

Published: June 28, 2016

Summer is finally here and is a great time to be outside! However, with summer comes higher temperatures and humidity which can be dangerous if you are not careful. If you are someone who likes to exercise outside, follow these six tips to stay safe and healthy. (Important note: You should consult your physician or other health care professional before starting or altering any fitness program to determine if it is right for your needs.)…

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Message from the Director

Education & Engagement

Published: February 29, 2016

I just went to see my 6-year-old grandchild play soccer. What an experience that was! Anyway, I looked around the various fields where hundreds of young kids were playing soccer games. And I really felt good, because this is good physical activity. Imagine it. For a football team, only 11 guys make first team, and the rest sit down and watch – not to mention the girls. It's kind of that way with most team…

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Support is key to being active for many in New Orleans

Physical Activity Research Education & Engagement

Published: May 05, 2015

In New Orleans, having people in your life who directly encourage you to exercise and be active may be the most important thing you need to stay fit, according to a new study from the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). The study, published online in the Journal of Community Health this March, aims to identify what helps black residents be active because this segment of the population tends to be the least physically active, compared…

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Public support strong for policies & environments that ecourage physical activity

Physical Activity Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: January 30, 2014

Most people across the country support local policies that encourage physical activity in worksites, communities, and especially schools, according to a new study written by researchers at the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) and other universities. "This study is the first of its kind to examine on a national level how people view policies related to physical activity and healthy environments," said Jeanette Gustat, the study's lead author and a faculty investigator at the Tulane…

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Youth-empowerment group focuses on evaluation with Tulane grad student's help

Core Research Physical Activity Research Education & Engagement

Published: September 30, 2013

As an up and coming youth-running group, Youth Run NOLA knew it needed to show more evidence of its impact in the lives of the 11- to 18-year-olds it serves. So this summer, Tulane public health student Madeline Baars helped the organization revamp its methods for evaluating the program, which uses running as a tool to empower youth, improve their health and provide positive, structured after-school engagement. Youth Run NOLA hired Baars for the internship…

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