Tulane University's Prevention Research Center (PRC) has received a $360,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to combat childhood obesity in New Orleans. The PRC is among 41 sites across the country selected for the RWJF Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities initiative to make it easier for kids to exercise.
Kathryn Parker-Karst, assistant director of the Tulane PRC and director of the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities initiative, says the grant will be used to help the KidsWalk coalition improve walking and biking infrastructure in New Orleans. The improvements should increase the number of children who bike and walk to school and those who use play spaces after classes. The grant will continue through June 2013.
Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities is a national program of the RWJF that seeks community-based solutions to help reverse what it calls the childhood obesity "epidemic."