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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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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Louisiana partners enourage less screen time for children

Physical Activity Research Education & Engagement

Published: June 28, 2016

Too much time sitting in front of the television or watching a phone or tablet is linked to poor school performance, childhood obesity and attention problems. Starting in 2015, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) has partnered with the Louisiana Department of Education (DOE), LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine – specifically Tulane Prevention Research Center faculty investigator Jeanette Gustat – to participate in…

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Message from the Director

Education & Engagement

Published: October 28, 2015

I recently attended the annual School Health Association Meeting in Orlando, Florida, where I presented some of the work from our PRC’s School Salad Bar Evaluation. In my opinion, though, the highlight of the meeting was the exhilarating and motivating presentation by Dr. Ken Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, titled "Resilience in Action." Although the purpose was to provide adults with the information and skills to prepare children to thrive, I was immediately struck by how…

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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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Community Partner Updates

Education & Engagement

Published: August 24, 2015

See what our Community Advisory Board (CAB) members have been up to this summer. Click on the photo to view a gallery of pictures from some of our members. To find out more about the CAB, click here. Photos 1-5: The Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED) focuses on coastal rehabilitation, greening the built environment and increasing food security by lifting up and strategically reinforcing community driven goals throughout the work…

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Hundreds of New Orleans students learn safe walking, biking

Physical Activity Research Education & Engagement

Published: June 29, 2015

By Naomi Englar, Tulane PRC June 2015 New Orleans students hopped on bikes and laced up their shoes to practice safe walking and biking, as part of the inaugural Walk & Roll to School Week on May 9-15. The week of events promoted walking and biking for transportation and marked the end of a citywide program providing comprehensive road safety education to 335 students in 10 schools. That citywide program took place this past spring…

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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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Safe streets lead to more walking and biking to school

Physical Activity Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: February 10, 2015

More students walk or bike to school when surrounding streets, sidewalks and crosswalks are safe and attractive, according to a Tulane University study recently published in the Journal of School Health. "Our study found a clear connection between features in the environment, such as sidewalk conditions and traffic speeds, and the rates of biking and walking to school in Louisiana," said Jeanette Gustat, clinical associate professor of Epidemiology at the Tulane School of Public Health…

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