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


The KidsWalk Coalition is 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 is 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.

Through a unique partnership with the City of New Orleans, the KidsWalk Coalition works 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 and how to participate in its efforts, please visit KidsWalkNOLA.org or contact:

Naomi Doerner, Program Manager
(504) 658-8045

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Other Related Projects


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. The Prevention Research Center is a founding member of the Steering Committee for the FPAC. Members of FPAC include: Edible Schoolyard New Orleans Share Our Strength The Emeril Lagasse Foundation Grow Dat Youth Farm The Louisiana Public Health Institute…

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Featured Publications


Physical Activity


Data to action: using formative research to develop intervention programs to increase physical activity in adolescent girls.




Design characteristics of worksite environmental interventions for obesity prevention.

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PRC Backgrounder




Rebuilding a Healthier New Orleans

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