Policy & Advocacy

The PRC engages in advocacy efforts at the local and state level to advance policies that promote healthy eating and physical activity. Current advocacy projects include fresh food retail financing initiatives, improving the school food environment, joint-use agreements for playgrounds and recreational facilities, and infrastructure changes such as the construction of bike lanes and the improvement and maintenance of sidewalks and signage.

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Louisiana Obesity Prevention and Management Commission

Obesity is one of the most critical health concerns in Louisiana. Knowing this, state lawmakers created the Louisiana Obesity Prevention and Management Commission in 2014 for the purpose of coordinating activities dedicated toward the prevention and reduction of obesity across Louisiana. Act 580 (authored by Sen. David Heitmeier, D-Algiers) creates the Louisiana Obesity Prevention and Management Commission, a statewide task force to coordinate obesity programs and policies and develop statewide plans for obesity prevention. Members…

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Food Policy Advisory Committee

The Food Policy Advisory Committee (FPAC) is a broad-based committee of area leaders working to improve access to fresh healthy food. The FPAC was authorized by a May 2007 resolution of the New Orleans City Council. It currently meets, independent of city government, to address various community needs involving food security and food access. The Tulane Prevention Research Center is a founding member of the Steering Committee for the FPAC. Members of FPAC include: Edible…

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Strategies to Improve Louisiana's Health

Past Project Louisiana is among the unhealthiest states in the nation, ranking 48th in the United Health Foundation’s annual America’s Health Rankings. Two of the most important indicators for this rank are our obesity rate and smoking rate. The Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) has researched strategies Louisiana can implement to address these health issues – including complete streets designs for safe walking, biking and public transit; joint-use agreements for playgrounds and parks; and statewide…

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The KidsWalk Coalition - Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities

Past Project The KidsWalk Coalition, led by the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC), was a local partnership of public health, transportation and community organizations and government agencies dedicated to improving the health of New Orleanians by creating opportunities for physical activity. Its mission was to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic in New Orleans by making walking and bicycling safe for children and families to access schools, healthy eating choices and other neighborhood destinations. KidsWalk Coalition…

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Featured Publications

Scientific

Nutrition and Food Availability

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Neighborhood Food Environments and Body Mass Index: The Importance of In-Store Contents

 

School-Based

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Formative research in school and community-based health programs and studies: "state of the art" and the TAAG approach

 
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PRC

Policy Briefs

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A Question of Access: Addressing Poor Nutrition, Food Availability, and Policy

 

Community Briefs

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Schoolyard Project

 
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Policy & Advocacy Health Journal

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