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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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Tulane PRC receives grant to support long-standing local committee for healthy food access

Food Environment Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: June 08, 2017

Building on its history to improve the availability of fresh, healthy foods in New Orleans, the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) was recently awarded funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to support the work of the New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee to increase healthy eating opportunities for children and families. "FPAC is grateful for the opportunity to continue our work to guide New Orleans toward a healthier, more sustainable food system," said Elisa…

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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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Message from the Director

Core Research Education & Engagement

Published: April 28, 2016

There has been a lot going on with Tulane PRC presentations this spring semester. It has been really busy, and I thought you might be interested in hearing about some of the various audiences we have been reaching with our PRC work. (Click on the photo above to see a slideshow of pictures from some of the presentations.) The only international presentation occurred in Vienna, Austria, at the Conference on Nutrition & Growth which was…

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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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30th Anniversary: Tulane PRC supports school-based nutrition and garden education

Food Environment Research Education & Engagement

Published: February 26, 2016

Students supported by Edible Schoolyard New Orleans programming are eating more fruits and vegetables than the national average, according to a 2013-14 report by the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). ESYNOLA has been integrating hands-on organic gardening and seasonal cooking into FirstLine Charter school curriculum, culture, and cafeteria programs in New Orleans since 2006. Over the past few years, the Tulane PRC has partnered with ESYNOLA through program evaluation and graduate student intern placement in…

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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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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Education & Engagement

Published: October 28, 2015

October 2015 Local Food Policy Advisory Committee collects input on group's direction The availability of healthy food, nutrition education, and other issues related to food systems all took center stage at the New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee's 2015 Input Session on Sept. 29. Based on group discussion and input, the session attendees came up with 10 broad strategy areas to improve equitable food access in New Orleans. FPAC co-chair Adrienne Mundorf, the Policy and…

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Nutrition Bites: Back to School Basics

Core Research Education & Engagement

Published: August 24, 2015

In August, Kids Eat Right Month highlighted some great ideas to support nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for students headed back to school. Here are a few ideas to get students eating healthy this school year. Breakfast can be a hard thing to fit into a busy morning; however, kids who eat breakfast are more likely to concentrate better, retain more information, and excel to higher levels in both reading and math! The night before,…

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From nutrition to public policy: Improving healthy food access

Food Environment Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: June 29, 2015

As the farm-to-table movement grows, nutrition and health professionals can be valuable contributors to public policymaking related to local foods and health, according to findings from the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). Last year, faculty and staff at the Tulane PRC explored strategies for improving public health in Louisiana by conducting policy research and educating lawmakers. Several of the strategies were incorporated into state legislation, and two focused on leveraging local food production, especially of…

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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: June 29, 2015

June 2015 Public health policies passed at the close of 2015 Louisiana Legislature Bills and resolutions focusing on nutrition, obesity, and prevention-based strategies garnered political support in Louisiana this spring. The 2015 Regular Legislative Session, which ran from April to June, led to the passage of several pieces of legislation aimed at improving the health of Louisiana residents. The following is a summary of some legislation focused on these goals. Bill and resolution authors are…

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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

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

Published: April 28, 2015

Strategies to improve Louisiana's food environment: The Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) is educating state lawmakers this spring about several strategies for expanding access to healthy foods and improving the food environment in Louisiana. To see the Tulane PRC's research briefs on strategies to improve Louisiana's public health, click here. Lawmakers have several pieces of legislation in front of them this spring that focus on food in schools, farming, and food retail. Among the bills…

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School gardens, kitchens show impact in New Orleans

Food Environment Research Education & Engagement

Published: October 06, 2014

Schools that offer gardening and cooking classes are seeing results, according to recent findings from the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). The Edible Schoolyard New Orleans (ESYNOLA), which has garden and kitchen-based programs at five FirstLine charter schools, selected the Tulane PRC to lead an evaluation of its activities during the 2013-2014 school year. Tulane PRC staff, with the help of three public health graduate students, conducted surveys with students and parents and led focus…

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Seminar - 'Obesity related policies: Influences on communities, schools, and individual outcomes'

Core Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: October 06, 2014

The Tulane Prevention Research Center’s Innovations in Public Health Research and Practice Series is proud to present a seminar on Nov. 14, led by Dr. Jamie Chriqui, PhD, MHS, from the University of Illinois at Chicago. The seminar title is “Obesity related policies: Influences on communities, schools, and individual outcomes” and will be 12-1:30pm in Room 1203 of the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Chriqui is a dynamic speaker and is…

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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

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

Published: July 30, 2014

Programs aim to revitalize blighted lots, build healthy communities in New Orleans Blighted, vacant and overgrown properties are in nearly every neighborhood in New Orleans. These problematic lots often generate crime, hurt neighborhood economic activity, and can prevent residents from participating in outdoor physical activity and accessing healthy food outlets. To chip away at the number of vacant lots, multiple programs and initiatives are currently underway. The New Orleans City Council’s Community Development Committee voted…

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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

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

Published: July 30, 2014

Louisiana Legislature ends with passage of public health policies Bills and resolutions focusing on nutrition, physical activity and other prevention-based strategies garnered political support in Louisiana this spring. The 2014 Regular Legislative Session, which ran from March to June, led to the passage of several pieces of legislation aimed at improving the health of Louisiana residents and building environments that promote healthy lifestyles. The following is a summary of some legislation, including the author, focused…

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Partner Updates & Pics

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

Published: July 30, 2014

Check out what members of the Tulane Prevention Research Center’s Community Advisory Board (CAB) have been up to this summer! Click on the photo to the right to see pictures from a few of our CAB members. To find out more about the CAB, click here. PHOTOS 1-3: The Backyard Gardeners Network celebrated its first year of programming this summer and finished a pilot year of programming. The Lower 9 Growing Strong program has enlivened…

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Preparations underway for local, national presentations on PRC work

Core Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: July 30, 2014

New Orleans plays host to two large conferences this fall, at which staff of the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) will present findings related to school-based nutrition and food initiatives, neighborhood factors related to physical activity, changes to food access in New Orleans and Louisiana and other issues related to community health. PRC work will also be featured at a conference in Washington, D.C., this fall. This fall’s conferences start with the second annual Farm…

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Improving Louisiana's health is forefront for lawmaker

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

Published: May 06, 2014

By Naomi Englar State Sen. David Heitmeier, D-New Orleans, is on a mission to improve the state's health this spring with help from the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). "As chairman of the Louisiana Senate Health and Welfare Committee, I know we need to make changes statewide if we want to become healthier," Heitmeier said. "The Tulane PRC has provided me with valuable information on best practices, resources and health statistics." The Tulane PRC conducted…

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Food Day to kick off with Big Easy Satsuma Peel in New Orleans

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

Published: September 30, 2013

by Erin Yastrow Last Food Day in New York, organizers held a "Big Apple Crunch" where hundreds of people met at City Hall and crunched into an apple at the same time. The event celebrated Food Day by raising awareness of local, fresh, healthy foods and creating a media event to highlight the Food Day events taking place in the state. Why a "Peel"? In Louisiana, we are modeling our event after the Big Apple…

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