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Tulane partners with The Food Trust in launching Center for Healthy Food Access

Food Environment Research

Published: February 21, 2017

Food helps bring people together. But accessing healthy food is a challenge, particularly for people living in underserved neighborhoods. While improvements have been made across the country to bring healthier food to more people in more places, a new coordinated national effort – which includes New Orleans and Tulane University – is seeking to build upon the work of organizations, institutions and businesses by sharing lessons learned, sparking inspiration and testing groundbreaking ideas. Diego Rose,…

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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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Louisiana promotes toolkit for daycare centers to reduce screen time

Education & Engagement

Published: February 21, 2017

Children spend an average of seven hours per day using electronic devices including TV, videos, DVDS, computers, tablets, and other handheld devices. Too much screen time can lead to reduced physical activity, thus increasing a child's risk for being overweight or obese. In 2015, Tulane Prevention Research Center faculty co-investigator, Jeanette Gustat, PhD, MPH, partnered with Louisiana Department of Health and the Louisiana Department of Education to begin looking at strategies to reduce screen time…

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Message from the Director

Education & Engagement

Published: February 21, 2017

I gave up on magazine subscriptions a long time ago. I just never could find the time to keep up with the reading. So, I was pleasantly surprised recently when I received three magazines in the mail in one day. Pleasantly because they were free, and surprised because all three were about health, more or less. I thought I would scan quickly through them and into the recycling bin they would go. But I found…

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Community Partner Updates

Education & Engagement

Published: February 20, 2017

See what our Community Advisory Board (CAB) members and partners have been up to! Click on the photo for a gallery of pictures, view a video and read updates. To find out more about our partners, click here to visit our Community Partners page. PHOTOS 1-4: FitLot built its first outdoor fitness park along the Lafitte Greenway in New Orleans in late January, thanks to volunteers – including Saints NFL punter Thomas Morstead – working…

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Legislative-Updates

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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Staff-Spotlight

Staff Spotlight

Education & Engagement

Published: February 17, 2017

Dr. Jylana L. Sheats, PhD, MPH is a behavioral scientist and educator with a passion for working with racial/ethnic and vulnerable populations to reduce health disparities and promote health equity. Within the broader fields of nutrition and physical activity, her research is focused on: 1) examining psychosocial, social, environmental, and policy-related determinants of obesogenic behaviors and chronic diseases; 2) developing and testing technologies to deliver obesity and chronic disease-related behavior change interventions; and 3) utilizing…

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CDC staff visit Tulane PRC

Education & Engagement

Published: February 16, 2017

For a little over three days in late January, the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) hosted three staff from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The out-of-town guests who visited New Orleans all work for the CDC’s Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers Program, the network that funds all 26 PRCs around the country. The site visit included meetings with the Tulane PRC staff, community partners, government health officials, and Tulane University administration…

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Nutrition Bites: Tips on how to eat healthier and save time

Education & Engagement

Published: February 16, 2017

In a perfect world, all your responsibilities – personal and professional – can be completed with time to spare. In reality, responsibilities need to be prioritized, and what often falls by the wayside is personal health. While there may be nothing wrong with eating the occasional junk food to indulge a sweet tooth, this indulgence can often begin a junk food cycle, in which any individual with a busy schedule can become a victim. So…

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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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New research shows profitability of healthy changes in corner stores

Food Environment Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: December 19, 2016

Fresh fruits and vegetables are not always on the grocery list when on a trip to the neighborhood corner store, in large part because many corner store owners don't stock produce thinking they aren't as profitable as the longer-shelf-life snack foods and beverages. However, fruits and vegetables may be more profitable for corner stores than was once thought, according to a study by the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) recently published in the Journal of…

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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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Message from the Director

Education & Engagement

Published: December 15, 2016

I, and all of us at the Tulane Prevention Research Center, would like to thank you for your support, participation and good will throughout the past year. We wish you the very best for the holidays and hope that you fully enjoy whatever plans you have made for this joyous season. We are looking forward to another exciting year of working and playing together, and, to all of you, and us, a healthy and prosperous…

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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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Staff-Spotlight

Staff Spotlight

Education & Engagement

Published: December 15, 2016

This newsletter’s featured faculty member is Alyssa Lederer, PhD, MPH, CHES, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University and an affiliated faculty investigator with the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). Dr. Lederer received her PhD in Health Behavior from Indiana University's School of Public Health-Bloomington, MPH in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from Emory University's Rollins School…

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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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Nutrition Bites: Rethinking Holiday Meals

Food Environment Research

Published: December 15, 2016

Holiday season is in full swing, and for many people that means one last time to indulge before the New Year begins. However, that doesn't mean you have to derail the progress you have made this year. There are plenty of ways to incorporate a healthy lifestyle into holiday fun. One great way to make your holiday dinner a little healthier this year is to leave out the meat. With so many other decadent holiday…

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Tulane PRC presentations at APHA 2016

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

Published: October 26, 2016

Obesity prevention initiatives, social media engagement, and projects involving community health workers are a few of the topics that will be presented by Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) staff and faculty at the upcoming American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting. The meeting, held Oct. 29-Nov. 2 in Denver, Colo., will draw more than 12,000 public health professionals, community members, researchers, and advocates from across the country and world. The Tulane PRC will present, or are…

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Old Ways of cooking find new learners in 9th Ward

Education & Engagement

Published: October 01, 2016

By connecting with the old African traditions of cooking with fresh foods, leafy greens, and flavorful spices and herbs, healthy habits can emerge. A series of cooking classes held in New Orleans' Upper and Lower 9th Ward neighborhoods focused on those traditions. The classes, called A Taste of African Heritage Cooking Classes, is one of several traditional cooking programs created by national nonprofit Old Ways. A Taste of African Heritage "blends nutrition and cultural history…

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As population ages, nutrition may be an issue

Food Environment Research

Published: September 30, 2016

Older adults in New Orleans tend to eat fewer servings of fresh fruits and vegetables and consume less food overall than their younger counterparts, according to a citywide phone survey conducted by the Tulane Prevention Research Center. Adults 75 years of age and older consumed 2.3 servings of fresh produce, compared with a full 3 servings per day for adults less than 50 years of age, and were significantly less likely to get 4 or…

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