The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends built environment approaches that combine one or more interventions to improve transportation systems (activity-friendly routes) with one or more land use and community design interventions (everyday destinations) to increase physical activity. Community Preventive Services Task Force’s Built Environment Recommendation to Increase Physical Activity
ChangeLab Solutions developed the easy-to-use Tobacco Retailer Licensing Playbook to outline the ten strategies necessary for developing, implementing, and enforcing a comprehensive TRL policy. It provides all the steps and considerations involved in building support for TRL, and includes examples and key resources to help communities create a strong local policy that improves public health.
This toolkit was developed for a broad continuum of public health care organizations and treatment facilities, particularly those organizations serving persons with mental illnesses and addictions. The materials are intended for administrators, direct providers, and support staff of organizations considering or implementing tobacco-free policies.
Best practices in capacity-building for enhanced tobacco cessation services. Case studies from Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New England, New York and Virginia
Resource to help business owners understand and implement the smoke-free ordinance in New Orleans
CDC’s Best Practices for ComprehensiveTobacco Control Programs—2014 is an evidence basedguide to help states plan and establishcomprehensive tobacco control programs. Thisedition updates Best Practices for ComprehensiveTobacco Control Programs—2007. The 2014edition describes an integrated programmaticstructure for implementing interventions provento be effective and provides the recommendedlevel of state investment to reach these goalsand to reduce tobacco use in each state.
The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium has created the Tips & Tools series of legal technical assistance guides to serve as a starting point for organizations interested in implementing certain tobacco control measures. We encourage you to consult with local legal counsel before attempting to implement these measures. For more details about these policy considerations, please contact the Consortium http//publichealthlawcenter.org/programs/tobacco-control-legal-consortium
In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Planning and Community Health Center is creating a set of guidelines to incorporate health into the Conceptual Review process for development projects.
The state report cards in this report make it easyto understand at a glance how states are doing in their support of walking, bicycling, and active kids and communities – where each state is doing well, and where there is room for improvement.
provides information on physical activity behavior and policy and environmental supports within each state.
Each year the National Complete Streets Coalition ranks new Complete Streets policies to celebratethe people who developed exceptional policy language and to provide leaders at all levels ofgovernment with examples of strong Complete Streets policies. This year the Coalition is proud toaward the City of Reading, PA’s 2015 policy the first-ever score of 100 points. We want tocongratulate Reading in particular for their outstanding work. Notably, and key for a perfect score likethis, the policy goes beyond a vision for Complete Streets to clearly commit to building an integrated,context-sensitive transportation network.
Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators, released the 2016 update to the Shape of the Nation on the state of physical education and physical activity in the American education system. While effective physical education and physical activity programs are essential in the formative growth of children and adolescents, there is a large disparity in state requirements and implementation. Research shows that active kids learn better, yet few states have policies in place requiring schools to offer effective physical education programs to all students
ChangeLab Solutions, in collaboration with CA4Health, developed this fact sheet to call out specific approaches and tools that may be of particular assistance to rural schools, exploring elements of the Safe Routes to School District Policy Workbook – a free online resource that can help districts develop effective policies for supporting healthy students.
a tool and guidance that may be used to help prioritize improvements to pedestrian and bicycle facilities, either separately or together as part of a “complete streets” evaluation approach.
Designed to Move Active Cities reflects the insights and contributions of over 80 individuals and organizations from around the world. The research shows how an active city can be a low-cost, high return investment that impacts a lot more than just health. Here, the researchers break down the evidence and demonstrate how a physically active city thrives.
Fact sheet on walking and biking in low income communities.Walking, bicycling, and public transit need to be safe and convenient for everyone. But currently, these activities are more dangerous and less available in low-income communities and communities of color than others…
CA4Health, in collaboration with ChangeLab Solutions, developed this fact sheet to help districts, parents, and active transportation advocates understand the legal implications of implementing a remote drop-off program and determine whether it is appropriate for their community. This fact sheet also includes a cost-benefit worksheet for districts to assess the relative risks of implementing a remote drop-off program versus existing drop-off routines.
Getting the Wheels Rolling A Guide to Using Policy to Create Bicycle Friendly Communities provides a roadmap to making all types of communities bicycle friendly. This guide helps policymakers figure out where to start, and spells out how to effectively use policy to promote bicycling.
This report, the third in a series, provides obesity rates for the nation, states and communities as measured by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index®. The Well-Being Index includes 2.2 million surveys, captures how people feel about and experience their daily lives, and measures well-being across five elements — purpose, social, financial, community and physical. Levels of well-being correlate with healthcare utilization and cost, and productivity measures such as absenteeism, presenteeism and job performance; all critical to organizational and economic competitiveness.
This report, part of the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being series, examines the active living environment within 48 medium- to large-size metro communities across the U.S. and the associated impact on various aspects of residents’ well-being. Our research shows that active living environments—those communities that invest in bike paths, parks, walkability and public transit—have residents who have better outcomes in key aspects of well-being. Across the communities that we studied nationwide, residents in the five highest active living communities have, on average, significantly lower rates of smoking, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and depression; and significantly higher rates of exercise, healthy eating, fresh produce consumption, and those thriving in physical well-being as compared to residents in communities with low activeliving infrastructure.