Education & Engagement

Supporting community members, public health professionals and students, and partner organizations is at the heart of what we do at the Tulane PRC. We accomplish this in three ways: 1) We engage in special community projects that enable us to work together with community members and partner organizations to make it easier for New Orleanians to live healthy lives. 2) The PRC provides free trainings focused on built environment and food environment research, communication skill building, and best practices in obesity prevention. 3) The PRC also engages in educational efforts around best practices and evidence-based policy strategies that promote healthy eating and physical activity.

#LiveFitNOLA Twitter Chats


The Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) and the City of New Orleans’ Fit NOLA initiative moderate regular #LiveFitNOLA Twitter Chats that focus on health and wellness in New Orleans and beyond. Chats take place on the first Thursday selected months from 12pm to 1pm CT. Each chat will carry a different health and wellness theme, paired with a local host that can add their lens of insight to the selected topic.

Project Coordinator: Naomi King Englar

Click here for the article on measuring Twitter chat engagement in the Journal of Medical Internet Research: Public Health and Surveillance.
Click here for the presentation about the Twitter chats at the 2015 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.
Click here for the presentation about the Twitter chats and the PRC’s social media work at the 2016 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.

What is a “Twitter Chat”?
A Twitter chat is an organized event where people join an interactive, online conversation through tweets. This Twitter discussion uses a specific tag (#) called a hashtag and focuses on a pre-determined topic or theme. At a preselected time and date, the moderator will pose questions to the Twitter audience. All participants use the specified hashtag when replying with their answers, which allows the conversation to be easily followed on Twitter.

How do I join the #LiveFitNOLA Chat?
The #LiveFitNOLA Twitter Chat will take place on the first Thursday of every-other month from 12-1 p.m. CST. In order to participate, you will need a Twitter handle and account. When it is time for the chat to begin, search for the #LiveFitNOLA hashtag on Twitter or follow the moderators Tulane PRC and Fit NOLA. If you prefer to simply observe the chat taking place, you can view the conversation in real-time here.
Questions are posed with the label (Q1, Q2, Q3…) before each question. Participants reply with the label (A1, A2, A3) to indicate which question their tweet is answering. Both question and answer tweets include the unifying hashtag (#). For example:
Q1: What is your favorite exercise? #LiveFitNOLA
A1: I like to run and play basketball #LiveFitNOLA

What will we be talking about?
The #LiveFitNOLA chat will talk about health and wellness in New Orleans. See the schedule below for more information about our upcoming themes and guest hosts.

Future Chats
None planned. Stay tuned for updates.

Past Chats
Click on the themes below to see a storify (a summary) of the chats!

June 1, 2017: Empowered Youth, Healthy Lives
Hosted by Youth Empowerment Project

February 2, 2017: Safe Places & Transit For All
Hosted by SaludToday/Salud America!

January 5, 2017: Bike New Orleans
Hosted by Bike Easy

November 3, 2016: The Power of Sports
Hosted by Up2Us Sports

October 6, 2016: Why Cook?
Hosted by The Cookbook Project

September 1, 2016: Power of Youth
Hosted by Youth Run NOLA

August 4, 2016: More than Hunger
Hosted by Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana

July 7, 2016: The Body Remembers
Hosted by the Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies (IWES) and In That Number campaign.

June 2, 2016: Celebrate Eat Local Month
Hosted by the New Orleans Eat Local Challenge

May 5, 2016: Mother Nature Knows Best
Hosted by City Greens

April 7, 2016: Healthy Parks, Healthy People
Hosted by Jean Lafitte National Historical Preserve and Park

March 3, 2016: Healthier Food Choices in Public Places
Hosted by Voices for Healthy Kids

February 4, 2016: Heart Month: Life is Why!
Hosted by New Orleans Area American Heart Association

January 7, 2016: Quality youth sports in New Orleans: A force for good
Hosted by Laureus Foundation USA

December 3, 2015: Holiday tips for a healthy, happy, affordable celebration
Hosted by Gator and Crane

November 5, 2015: Breastfeeding NOLA: Healthier Families, a Stronger Community
Hosted by Greater New Orleans Breastfeeding Awareness Coalition

October 1, 2015: From 0 to 5k: How to Run and Walk to your Goals!
Hosted by Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series – New Orleans

September 3, 2015: Eating Healthy in America’s Most Indulgent City
Hosted by Eat Fit NOLA

August 6th: Back to School Health, Nutrition, and Wellness
Hosted by Ochsner Health System

July 2, 2015: From 0 to 5k, How to Run and Walk to your Goals!
Hosted by New Orleans Track Club

June 4, 2015: How to Eat Local & Healthy in #NOLA
Hosted by Eat Local Challenge NOLA

May 7, 2015: New Orleans: Where History & Health Meet
Hosted by The French Market

April 2, 2015: Farmers Markets: Growing Local Agriculture & Food Access
Hosted by Market Umbrella & Crescent City Farmers Market

March 5, 2015: What does healthy look like in New Orleans?
Hosted by Louisiana’s Health & Fitness Magazine

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Featured Publications


Physical Activity


Objectively Assessed Associations between Physical Activity and Body Composition in Middle-School Girls: The Trial of Activity for Adolescent Girls


Nutrition and Food Availability


The Ubiquity of Energy-Dense Snack Foods: A National Multicity Study

all scientific publications


Community Briefs


Schoolyard Project




Feel Good Guide

all prc publications

Education & Engagement Health Journal