Optimum Performance: Walk your excess weight off - NOLA.com

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Published: February 26, 2016

NOLA.com Optimum Performance: Walk your excess weight off NOLA.com In case you're interested, Louisiana ranks fourth as of 2014, with an adult obesity rate of 34.9%. Harvard.edu says, "overweight is defined as a BMI (body mass index, which is a ratio of someone's height and weight) between 25.0 and 29.9; and a BMI of …

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Pamela Anderson urges Gov. Edwards to eliminate meat from prisons - KATC Lafayette News

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Published: February 22, 2016

KATC Lafayette News Pamela Anderson urges Gov. Edwards to eliminate meat from prisons KATC Lafayette News If you left meat off menus in the 12 state-run prisons, Louisiana taxpayers would save as much as $620,000 a year. Beans, rice, lentils, pasta, potatoes and other vegetables, and oranges and other fruits have all the nutrients a person needs but at a … and more »

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NOLA Bike to Work Week hopes to draw new commuters

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Published: April 13, 2015

There wasn’t much demand for a map of bicycling lanes and paths 10 years ago in New Orleans. The tally came in at less than five miles. Today, nearly 100 miles of designated shared streets, dedicated bike lanes and pathways crisscross the city. And they’re marked on maps. More than 6,100 people in the city use those roads to get to work every day, according to Census data compiled for a League of American Bicyclists…

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Obesity toolkit to help Louisiana's pediatricians address weight issues head on

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Published: January 30, 2015

LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge has launched a new initiative aimed at helping reduce obesity in children. The center released its new Childhood Obesity Treatment Toolkit Thursday. It gives the state's primary care physicians tactics for evaluating childhood obesity and approaches to treatment. The center is distributing more than 2,000 toolkits statewide, according to Pennington's pediatric obesity researcher Dr. Amanda Staiano. To read and listen to the full story from WWNO (part…

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$960000 in grants presented by Greater New Orleans Foundation to nonprofits - NOLA.com (blog)

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Published: December 11, 2014

NOLA.com (blog) $960000 in grants presented by Greater New Orleans Foundation to nonprofits NOLA.com (blog) "One way to address our obesity crisis is to educate students both inside and outside the classroom about the health benefits of eating fresh, local fruits and vegetables," said Kate Parker, executive director at Market Umbrella. "With our IMPACT grant …

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Lafitte Greenway farmers market to receive federal help, White House announces

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Published: December 03, 2014

NEW ORLEANS – Would-be gardeners wishing to grow and sell small crops along the Lafitte Greenway had reason for hope Wednesday when the White House announced it wanted to help install a farmers market in the developing park. The project was among 26 handpicked by the White House Rural Council and other federal agencies to receive federally financed technical guidance as a means to boost local food farming around the country. Dubbed the “Local Food,…

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Playworks Keeps Play In School - WWNO

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Published: October 21, 2014

WWNO Playworks Keeps Play In School WWNO “With the issues of childhood obesity and diabetes, taking movement out of a school day is just really not beneficial for the kids,” says Laverne Pitts, Executive Director for Playworks Louisiana. “If a child gets on a bus to go to a school at 7 o …

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Hurricane recovery gave New Orleans reason to band together to offer more healthful food

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Published: June 25, 2014

"Rough" and "unhealthy" are the words Tim Dubuclet uses to describe his childhood. Raised in inner-city New Orleans, he and his friends would wander the city's violent streets after school, living on a diet of fast food and soda. By the time he was 17, Dubuclet weighed more than 300 pounds. But he dramatically transformed his lifestyle during a program with Grow Dat Youth Farm, where students are paid to grow fresh produce. There, he…

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Childhood family violence alters DNA, Tulane study of New Orleans kids shows

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Published: June 17, 2014

Children who are exposed to family violence and instability experience critical DNA changes that could hasten mental and physical illness. That’s according to a new study of 80 New Orleans area children published Monday in Pediatrics, the medical journal of the American Association of Pediatrics. Children ages five to 15 who witnessed family violence, experienced a family member’s suicide or had a family member incarcerated were more likely to undergo cellular aging as evidenced by…

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City loan to help retailer open grocery in Central City

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Published: June 12, 2014

A local food hub, granted a $1 million loan from the city's Fresh Food Retailer Initiative last week, is poised to open a 23,000-square-foot grocery store in Central City in the fall. The loan is one of a series of efforts by the city to encourage grocers to offer healthy food and fresh produce to neighborhoods that lack access to them. John Burns, CEO and founder of Jack and Jake's Inc., said the loan, half…

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

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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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Sterling Farms to close flagship store in Marrero

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Published: May 06, 2014

Sterling Farms’ flagship grocery store, which opened a year ago amid national attention for its mission of bringing healthy food to underserved communities, closes its doors Thursday. The Marrero store drew national attention when it opened. Michelle Obama visited while the Obama administration touted its Fresh Food Initiative to bring healthy grocery options to so-called “food deserts.” The New …

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Whole Foods looks to New Orleans ReFresh Project to launch national healthy-eating foundation

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Published: February 04, 2014

Whole Foods Market is launching a foundation for promoting nutrition and health education, an effort that will start by studying the New Orleans ReFresh Project opening on Broad Street for a national model, officials said this week. Whole Cities Foundation, which aims to work with community groups to improve wellness nationwide, is getting $1 million in seed funding from Whole Foods Market. The initiative was slated to be announced Tuesday morning (Feb. 4) at Whole…

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$2 million gift to support N.O. after-school athletics

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Published: October 02, 2013

Young athletes in New Orleans may soon be able to run a little bit faster, or jump a little bit higher, thanks to a donation from Mercedes-Benz USA. They certainly will be getting some good training, both for sports and for life. The car manufacturer has donated $2 million to the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which will allow the nonprofit organization to expand its investment in the Crescent City. It can now support training…

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Food Stores & Culinary Ventures Opening in Treme-Lafitte

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Published: September 12, 2013

By the end of the year, the Treme-Lafitte neighborhood will have two new grocery stores on its boarders. The historic Circle Foods Store will be reclaiming its Hurricane Katrina-flooded space, while Whole Foods will be opening a first-of-its-kind store in a mixed-use building with tenants that embrace food-centered missions. It is indicative of a movement spreading across the city: More and more interest and investment is focusing on food; local food as well as healthy…

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Putting The Pedal To The Metal: New Orleans' Bicycling Infrastructure Is Expanding

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Published: September 11, 2013

No matter what neighborhood you live in, chances are you’ve been confronted with one thing this summer – and that’s construction. As roads from the Lakefront to the Riverbend get smoothed over, city officials are taking the opportunity to ensure that the new roads are better not only for drivers, but also for cyclists. Lalo Flores, a Mid-City resident and avid bicyclist, is impressed by the repairs to Esplanade Ave. “I will tell you, this…

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Traffic safety camera campaign features Tulane PRC & partners

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Published: August 28, 2013

American Traffic Solutions has teamed up with partners in New Orleans to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding and red-light running. The campaign not only explains the dangers to vulnerable populations (bicyclists, walkers and children), but also how the camera systems work to reduce injuries and fatalities. Featured in the video is Dr. Kathryn Parker, director of KidsWalk Coalition and assistant director of The Prevention Research Center at Tulane University, who states, "Traffic cameras…

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La Raza National Conference Begins In New Orleans - WWNO

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Published: July 19, 2013

La Raza National Conference Begins In New Orleans WWNO First Lady Michelle Obama is the keynote speaker Tuesday. She'll discuss childhood obesity, which affects 40 percent in the Hispanic community " higher than the national average. Listen. Puentes New Orleans spokeswoman discusses upcoming convention … and more »

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Hollygrove program aims to improve outlook for New Orleans babies - NOLA.com

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Published: July 18, 2013

Hollygrove program aims to improve outlook for New Orleans babies NOLA.com Rates of smoking, excessive drinking, obesity, poverty and violent crime account for those disparities across neighborhoods. But Dr. Rebekah Gee, assistant professor of public health and gynecology at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences … and more

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At least New Orleans isn't dead last in community fitness

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Published: May 29, 2013

New Orleans ranks 38th among the 50 largest metropolitan areas for health and community fitness status, according to a survey released Wednesday by the American College of Sports Medicine. The New Orleans area ranked 11th on a scale measuring such factors as recreational facilities, park-related expenditures, physical education requirements and primary health care providers. But the area ranked dead last on personal health indicators related to health behaviors, chronic health conditions and health care access.…

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