General Resources

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  • Model Local Obesity Prevention Resolution (ChangeLab Solutions)

    The National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity model obesity prevention resolution is designed to help communities implement policies to address the obesity epidemic by improving physical activity environments, healthy food access, and disparities in their community. This resolution also assists communities with promoting obesity prevention policies in their schools, parks and recreation, community and day care centers, the food and beverage industry, hospitals, and the workplace.

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  • Healthy Community Planning Toolbox (Tacoma-Pierce County, WA Health Department)

    Created by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, this Healthy Community Planning Toolbox is designed to help planners create healthy communities by integrating health in planning documents. Each community can “right-size” or customize tools to fit their unique community context—needs, aspirations, health priorities, disparities and existing resources. It contains two types of tools: process tools and policy tools. Process tools offer a set of health lens to build healthy and sustainable places under each task/step of the planning process. The policy intervention tools provide samples policies to achieve healthy community outcomes in six priority areas—physical activity, healthy food, safety and injury, placemaking, access to opportunity and natural environment. Logic models are introduced to assist planners identify the right set of tools to yield the intended physical, social and mental health outcomes.

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  • Let’s Move!

    Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by First Lady Michelle Obama, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.

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  • White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity Report to the President

    This report outlines an action plan to end childhood obesity within a generation through a coordinated strategy and the identification of key benchmarks

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  • Action Kit for Municipal Leaders on Combating Childhood Obesity (National League of Cities)

    This action kit for municipal leaders offers a broad range of strategies cities can use to promote physical activity, healthy eating, and access to healthy foods to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic.


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  • Community Commons

    Community Commons is an interactive mapping, networking, and learning utility for organizations, coalitions, and individuals dedicated to improving the health of their community, sharing the work with their peers, and learning together.

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  • harnesses the power of online networks to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic.

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  • Rural Obesity Toolkit (HRSA Office of Rural Health Policy)

    Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) recently released a Rural Obesity Toolkit. ORHP has also been working with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) to develop evidence-based toolkits for the Community Health Gateway located on the Rural Assistance Center (RAC) website

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  • Eat Healthy, Be Active Community Workshop Series (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

    The Eat Healthy ● Be Active Community Workshop Series builds on concepts from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 and 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans by providing detailed tips for how to put these recommended behaviors into practice. The workshops are designed to move participants from the “thinking” phase to taking desired health actions. Six one-hour community workshops were developed. Each workshop includes a lesson plan, learning objectives, talking points, hands-on activities, videos, and handouts (available in English and Spanish). The workshops are designed for community educators, health promoters, dietitians/nutritionists, cooperative extension agents, and others to teach to adults in a wide variety of community settings.

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    Free print copies of the Eat Healthy ● Be Active Community Workshop guides may be ordered here.

  • Healthy Eating Active Living Cities Campaign Toolkit (Healthy Eating Active Living Cities Campaign)

    This toolkit includes information on the role of cities can play in childhood obesity prevention.

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  • Action Strategies Toolkit (Leadership for Healthy Communities)

    This guide represents a collection of best approaches that have been identified, evaluated and selected in 10 action areas related to active living and healthy eating.

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  • Communities Putting Prevention to Work Resource Center (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

    The Resource Center offers guides and toolkits for communities to consider using to strengthen their efforts.

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  • National Prevalence of Obesity Slide Deck (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

    This slide deck illustrates the obesity trends nationally and at the state level over the course of time.

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  • Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity in the United States (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

    This report identifies and recommends a set of 24 strategies and associated measurements that communities and local governments can use to plan and monitor environmental and policy-level changes for obesity prevention.

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  • Healthy Communities: What Local Government Can Do To Reduce or Prevent Obesity powerpoint (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

    This powerpoint provides an overview of the role and actions local government can take to reduce or prevent obesity.

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  • A Roadmap for Healthier General Plans (ChangeLab Solutions)

    A community’s general plan can go a long way toward creating healthier neighborhoods – increasing opportunities to buy fresh foods, making it easier to walk and bike throughout the day, reducing crime and pollution, and more. The process of getting health-promoting policies into a general plan can seem daunting. But city planners, health department staff, local advocates, and others all have a role to play – and this planning process offers a critical opportunity to shape local development patterns for decades into the future. This roadmap highlights roles and strategies for key players to consider along the way.

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