Core Research

The Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) focuses on one Core Research project each 5-year funding cycle. For the 2014-2019 cycle, the overall goal for the Movin’ for LIFE (Lasting Improvements for Fitness and Energy) program is to develop a model of healthy living for residents of the Ninth Ward community, such as eating healthy and being more physically active, and promote existing resources and activities. All program activities will be carried out in the Upper and Lower Ninth Ward for all residents and then shared with other New Orleans neighborhoods.

Movin' for LIFE, 2014-2019


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.
For information about Movin’ for LIFE or to join one of the coalitions guiding the project, contact Tulane PRC Program Manager Revonda Darensbourg at or 504-988-4188.

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


Neighborhood Food Environment in New Orleans, 2009-2014

Past Project: The Tulane Prevention Research Center’s core research project (2009-2014 grant cycle) examined the food environment in New Orleans, seeking to document changes since Hurricane Katrina, how these changes affect access to healthy food, and the impacts of these changes on food consumption behavior. The core research was community-based and relied on specific interventions and natural experiments to study the changing food landscape in New Orleans and its impacts on residents. Click here for…

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Partnership for Active Community Environment (PACE), 2004-2009

Past Project: The Partnership for an Active Community Environment (PACE) was led by a partnership of researchers from the Tulane PRC, residents from neighborhoods, and representatives from local community organizations. PACE began in 2004 to impact physical activity levels using a community-based participatory approach to facilitate environmental change in a low-income, New Orleans neighborhood. In 2006, PACE looked at three demographically similar areas in New Orleans to assess physical activity levels at baseline using household…

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Featured Publications


Nutrition and Food Availability


Household food insecurity and overweight status in young school children: results from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study


Nutrition and Food Availability


The Association between Obesity and Urban Food Environments, J Urban Health.

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Feel Good Guide


Policy Briefs


School Vending

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