Tulane team releases guide to innovative local nutrition and food work

Food Environment Research

Published: October 24, 2018

Navigating the New Orleans food and nutrition scene just got easier. An interdisciplinary team at Tulane University recently developed the “Resource Guide to Innovative Work in Food & Nutrition in New Orleans.” This free guide was produced by Tulane Nutrition, part of the university’s School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, with support from The Food Trust’s Center for Healthy Food Access and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Tulane staff from the Tulane Prevention Research…

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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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Nutrition Bites: Basics of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015

Core Research

Published: April 19, 2015

Every five years, the Department of Health and Human Services teams up with the United States Department of Agriculture to update the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). Currently, this process is coming to a close and a final report is to be published by the end of 2015. Here are the basics so far: What is The Dietary Guidelines for Americans? The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) is a set of guidelines to promote a…

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Community Partner Updates

Education & Engagement

Published: February 10, 2015

See what our Community Advisory Board (CAB) members have been up to this winter. Click on the photo to see a gallery of pictures from partners School Health Connection at the Louisiana Public Health Institute and Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana. To find out more about the CAB, click here. School Health Connection Pictures 1-2: School Health Connection is pleased to announce the release of “Expanded Opportunities for Physical Activity…

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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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Fighting hunger and providing nutrition education

Core Research Education & Engagement

Published: December 12, 2014

In addition to providing food and programs to more than 400 partners across 23 parishes in Louisiana, Second Harvest Food Bank launched a new project this summer aimed at weaving nutrition education into anti-hunger work, thanks to the help of a Tulane public health graduate student. Jordan Berner, a second year graduate student in nutrition at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, worked with food bank staff to develop tools needed to…

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Changes to WIC food package improve access to healthy food, PRC studies find

Food Environment Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: July 30, 2014

Changes to the federal food assistance program for low-income women and their children improved the availability of healthy foods for them to buy at small stores in New Orleans, according to new research from the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). In late 2009, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) began to offer participants fruits, vegetables, low-fat milk and whole grain cereal, bread or rice. Prior to that, none of these…

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PRC faculty investigator earns top Tulane award

Core Research Food Environment Research

Published: July 30, 2014

Diego Rose, researcher with the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) and a professor in the Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences Department at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, received the 2014 President’s Award for Graduate Teaching in May. The honor recognizes faculty members with a compelling record of excellence in teaching, learning and research, and a commitment to educational excellence. To read more about the award from the Tulane New Wave,…

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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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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

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

Published: July 24, 2013

by Naomi King Englar Millions in road repairs include ‘complete street’ features New Orleans’ latest installation of bike lanes – along oak tree-lined Esplanade and City Park avenues – was dedicated in June. Several more are slated to open this summer and later this year. The new bike lanes are part of the $90 million Paths to Progress program, a combined effort of federal, state and local agencies to improve streets in New Orleans. The…

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State lawmakers consider recommendations for sustainable foods

Food Environment Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: January 31, 2012

Getting local foods into more Louisiana schools and promoting the use of food stamps at local farmers markets are among the list of recommendations from a group of food and health experts tapped to advise state lawmakers on agriculture and food issues. The Louisiana Sustainable Local Food Policy Council, formed by state law in 2010, recently submitted its findings and recommendations to lawmakers in preparation for the 2012 Legislature that begins in March. Click here…

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Growing Our Kids in "Healthy Soil"

Food Environment Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: January 29, 2011

Diego Rose, director of the Tulane Prevention Research Center, writes editorial for the Journal of Adolescent Health.

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Researchers Study Impact of Changes to WIC Package on New Orleans Food Environment

Published: December 03, 2010

Researchers at the Prevention Research Center (PRC) at Tulane University are examining whether healthy changes to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) influence the food supply in WIC-authorized and non-WIC stores throughout New Orleans. The addition of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and reduced-fat milk to the WIC package led researchers to question if changes in demand among WIC recipients would result in an increased supply of these items…

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