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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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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

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: 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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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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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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Community Partner Updates

Special Interest Projects (SIPs) Education & Engagement

Published: December 21, 2015

See what our Community Advisory Board (CAB) members have been up to this fall. Click on the photo to view a gallery of pictures and read below for updates from some of our members. To find out more about the CAB, click here. Pictures 1-4: The New Orleans Recreation and Development Commission (NORDC) and Fit NOLA Parks had a busy fall. In November, NORDC transitioned its Fit NOLA programming from six Fit NOLA Parks to…

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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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Message from the Director

Education & Engagement

Published: August 24, 2015

Another school year has just begun, and from kindergarten through college, students are gearing up for books, classes, sports teams and events, clicking again with old friends and looking forward to making new ones. It is an exciting time of the year, fall is just around the corner, and the 2015 football season will be making its debut this month. Yes, it is still warm out there, but the weather will soon be changing and…

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PRC Staff Spotlight

Physical Activity Research

Published: August 24, 2015

John Marmion, MPH, is the program coordinator for the Tulane Prevention Research Center's (PRC) Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, a school-based education program in 10 New Orleans schools that focuses on teaching safe walking and biking skills to 4th and 5th graders and funded by the Louisiana State Department of Transportation. As the program manager, John works with New Orleans public schools and program partner Bike Easy, a local bike advocacy nonprofit, to implement…

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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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Message from the Director

Education & Engagement

Published: June 29, 2015

Well, summer has arrived in full force – and I think we all know it when we step outside and are bathed in the heat and humidity that is so typical of New Orleans in the good ole summer time. I know that most of us have difficulty even thinking about engaging in any physical activity outside for any length of time when it is so hot, but I have been assured that the more…

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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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