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.

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 members continue to meet as members of the Active Community Design Sector Committee, under the New Orleans Fit NOLA initiative. Click here to reach more about the committee.

Through a unique partnership with the City of New Orleans, the KidsWalk Coalition previously worked directly with the City of New Orleans Department of Public Works to make New Orleans’ streets safer and more usable for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The Coalition is one of 50 partnerships in the country funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities program. This initiative funds and provides direct support to community partnerships across the country working to reshape their environments in ways that improve the health of children and prevent childhood obesity. It is the largest and most ambitious community-action programs ever supported by the foundation and is a cornerstone of its $500 million commitment to reverse the country’s childhood obesity epidemic by 2015.

To learn more about the KidsWalk Coalition, download the printable one-page flyer

Other Related Projects


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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Featured Publications


Nutrition and Food Availability


Measuring the Food Environment: Shelf Space of Fruits, Vegetables, and Snack Foods in Stores


Nutrition and Food Availability


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

all scientific publications




Shop Talk Poster




Stepping Up to the Plate: Transforming School Food in New Orleans

all prc publications

Policy & Advocacy Health Journal