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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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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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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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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: 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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30th Anniversary: Bunny Friend Neighborhood steps into shape with Tulane PRC support

Core Research Education & Engagement

Published: April 28, 2016

The Prevention Research Centers (PRCs) Program, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2016. Throughout the year, the Tulane PRC will share stories about its community-based work and partnerships. Click here for more about the 30th Anniversary. The Bunny Friend Neighborhood Association is a group of residents in New Orleans' Upper Ninth Ward that are committed to the well-being of the community. Tulane Prevention Research Center…

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Active Steps: Walk to Better Health

Physical Activity Research Education & Engagement

Published: April 28, 2016

(Photos: Tulane Prevention Research Center staff and students celebrated National Walking Day April 6 with a walking break in downtown New Orleans) The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, that's 30 minutes a day 5 times a week, to prevent cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and many other diseases. The average U.S adult walks only 5,000 steps per day! This means that most Americans lead a sedentary lifestyle putting them at…

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Prevention Research Centers make impact on policies, systems, and environments

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

Published: December 21, 2015

When working toward environmental changes, several Prevention Research Centers across the country have been successful thanks to specific steps they each followed. Researchers from seven PRCs across the country, including the Tulane Prevention Research Center, collaborated to evaluate their centers' work and published their findings in the October issue of Preventing Chronic Disease. The PRCs used a framework created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to examine policy, systems, and environmental interventions to…

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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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Tulane PRC Steps It Up!

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

Published: October 28, 2015

In honor of the U.S. Surgeon General’s recent Step It Up! campaign and Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities, the Tulane Prevention Research Center held a walking? break for staff and students during a training meeting on Oct. 23 in downtown New Orleans. (Click on the photo to see a photo gallery from our walking break!) As one of 26 Prevention Research Centers around the country, the Tulane PRC works with communities…

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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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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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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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PRC Staff Spotlight

Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Education & Engagement

Published: February 10, 2015

Meet the policy and advocacy manager at the Prevention Research Center (PRC) at Tulane University, Adrienne Mundorf, MPH. In her role with the PRC, Adrienne conducts research on and advocates for evidence-based strategies to improve the health through improvements to the built environment and the promotion of healthy behaviors. She is the new chair of the New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee (FPAC),- a group of food, nutrition and agriculture-focused organizations and nonprofits with a…

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State group focuses on safety for walkers, cyclists and people with disabilities

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

Published: February 10, 2015

Under a shared goal to see safer streets for all types of transportation in Louisiana – not just cars and trucks – a new coalition of partners from across the state is forming this year. "The dedication of this collaboration of people from diverse communities and backgrounds across the state guarantees a positive impact on the culture of Louisiana. We agree that being physically active is beneficial to all people," said Monique Koll, a veterinarian…

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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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Tulane center gets grant to keep working to make New Orleanians healthier

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

Published: June 05, 2014

Tulane University’s Prevention Research Center has received a $4.3 million federal grant to continue its fight against obesity and its work to make New Orleanians healthier. The grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – the fourth five-year grant Tulane center has received since its founding in 1998 – will underwrite research, advocacy and community engagement to find obstacles to good health and strategies to overcome them. “We appreciate the opportunity to continue…

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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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