Physical Activity Research

The Tulane PRC engages in a number of research projects related to physical activity and the built environment. Studies show that people are more likely to be active if their neighborhoods are walkable and bikeable. We also know that access to playgrounds, parks and recreational facilities are important means of promoting physical activity. At the Tulane PRC, we believe that people will be active if given a safe, dedicated space to do so.

Movin' for LIFE


The overall goal of the Movin’ for LIFE (Lasting Improvements for Fitness and Energy) project is to improve the health of residents by focusing on increasing health-related behaviors, such as healthy eating and being more physically active. Residents of the Upper and Lower Ninth Ward and New Orleans East will participate in the program. A variety of strategies will be used to promote active and healthy lifestyles. Lessons learned will be used to create a model toolkit for other neighborhoods in New Orleans and beyond.
Click here to visit the Movin’ for LIFE website.

Read about the Movin’ for LIFE walking campaign in 2017, click here
Read about the Movin’ for LIFE photovoice project in 2016-2017, click here for the newsletter story and click here for the one-pager
Read about the Movin’ for LIFE cooking classes held in 2016, click here.

Scientific Publications/Presentations:
Click here for the presentation about Movin’ for LIFE at the 2017 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.
Click here for the presentation about the Movin’ for LIFE focus groups at the 2016 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.

Investigators: Carolyn Johnson, PhD, FAAHB, and Jeanette Gustat, PhD, MPH
Program Manager: Revonda Darensbourg, MSW
Community Health Workers: Carolina Gallop and Irene Williams

Other Related Projects


Louisiana Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program

Physical activity is a leading indicator of Healthy People 2010. Yet children and adolescents fall short of reaching recommended goals for daily physical activity, and the prevalence of obesity in children is rising rapidly. One way to increase the amount of activity children participate in is to promote walking and bicycling to school. The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program was designed to enable and encourage school-aged children to walk and bicycle to school, to…

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Health Impact of Bike Lanes in New Orleans, Louisiana

Past Project The epidemiology department in partnership with the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) was awarded a one-year, $150,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Rapid Response Grant to evaluate the impact of installing bike lanes in New Orleans on ridership. Approximately 45 miles of new bike lanes will be constructed on New Orleans streets linking residential neighborhoods to commercial corridors thanks to post-Katrina funding for resurfacing roads. Researchers will examine the impact of constructing bike lanes…

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Physical Activity Policy Research Network (PAPRN)

Past Project The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created the Physical Activity Policy Research Network (PAPRN) in October of 2004 to study the effectiveness of health policies related to increasing physical activity in communities. The PAPRN was established as a thematic research network of the Prevention Research Centers (PRCs) program, with funding from the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity at CDC. The formally established network consists of four PRC member centers, one…

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Lafitte Greenway Evaluation

Past Project Obesity is national health problem, and Louisiana is tied for the third-highest obesity rate in the United States. According to the 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 17% of New Orleans youth are overweight, compared to 14% nationally. Levels of physical activity can be related to obesity, and youth in New Orleans were less likely to be physically active than those in the rest of the country: 45% of New Orleans youth had participated…

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Featured Publications


Nutrition and Food Availability


Access to Healthy Food: A Key Focus for Research on Domestic Food Insecurity


Nutrition and Food Availability


Deserts in New Orleans? Illustrations of Urban Food Access and Implications for Policy

all scientific publications




Feel Good Guide


Policy Briefs


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

all prc publications