Inventory of OPCE Resources

Included in the collection are informational materials and tools. To search by title, use the main search box located at the top of this page.

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(Re)Building Downtown: A Guidebook for Revitalization

This guidebook provides municipal governments with tools for economic revitalization that incorporates walkability into downtown areas of business. It includes sections on walkability, public parks, and affordable housing.

2015 Good Food Org Guide

The vision and objective of this annual publication is to focus attention on the dozens of nonprofit organizations who are working in fields, kitchens, classrooms, laboratories, businesses, town halls, and Congress to create a better food system.

2016 Food Policy Council Report

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future recently released the “2016 Food Policy Council Report,” which provides a summary of results from the 2016 Food Policy Council (FPC) survey. This report lists five active FPCs in New York State.

2017 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute released the eighth annual County Health Rankings. The annual rankings provide a snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work, and play, and provide a starting point for change in communities

2017 School Health Index

The School Health Index (SHI): Self-Assessment & Planning Guide 2017 is an online self-assessment and planning tool (also available in a downloadable, printable version) that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs. It’s easy to use and completely confidential. 2017 School Health Index aligns with Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child. Abridged versions are available from the Alliance (https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&q=https://nyopce.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u%3Dcb0e1c115de9bfa0bff0ecb36%26id%3D64ee62fa3b%26e%3D6cf00a92e0&source=gmail&ust=1508529185776000&usg=AFQjCNEV87oxxTvNxl4e4Lx4Og9uP2bSHA) and Action for Healthy Kids (https://afhkschoolportal.force.com/AFHK_Communities_Login).

A Checklist: Elements of a Great Recess

See this checklist for a list of considerations for what makes great recess. The checklist includes elements relevant to time, play space, games, rules, staff, student empowerment, positive school environment, and ideas for indoor recess.

A Guide for Incorporating Health and Wellness into School Improvement Plans (2016)

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) has released a new resource: A Guide to Incorporating Health and Wellness into School Improvement Plans. School improvement plans provide a systematic opportunity to address the needs of the whole child, incorporating physical, social, emotional and/or behavioral health priorities into schools. The guide is designed to provide public health agencies and other education partners an understanding of improvement plans and their purpose and role in schools and districts. It outlines opportunities to incorporate health and wellness-related goals and aligned activities into the improvement planning process, and highlights useful examples from a state, district and schools that have done it.

A Guide to Building Healthy Streets

A Guide to Building Healthy Streets can help you turn a Complete Streets policy into action! This resource discusses five key steps for effective Complete Streets implementation, highlighting the unique role public health staff can play during each step.

A Guide to Smart Snacks in Schools

This colorful booklet provides an overview of Smart Snacks Standards and how to tell if a food/beverage meets the requirements. This is a ready-to-go resource for anyone that oversees the sale of foods/beverages to students on the school campus during the school day.

A Report and Recommendations by the Workgroup on Food Procurement Guidelines

This document provides a report and recommendations developed by the New York State Council on Food Policy workgroup for food procurement guidelines for New York State agencies. Guidelines refer to food purchased, provided, or made available, and requires that key nutrient levels either meet, or do not exceed, certain standards established as part of these guidelines.

Active Indoor Recess

This training provides concrete examples of how to engage students for indoor recess.

Active Living by Design Case Studies

This website provides a series of case studies examining the implementation of Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities grants, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Active Neighborhood Checklist 2.0

This 2 pages observational tool is designed to assess key street-level features of a neighborhood environment that are thought to be related to physical activity behavior. Data collected can be used to generate data to create community awareness or to focus and advocate for environmental improvements.

Arts, Culture and Transportation: A Creative Placemaking Field Scan

Arts, Culture and Transportation: A Creative Placemaking Field Scan is a rigorous national examination of creative placemaking in the transportation planning process. Released in partnership with ArtPlace America, this new resource identifies ways that transportation professionals can integrate artists to deliver transportation projects more smoothly, improve safety, and build community support.

Best Practices for Healthy School Fundraisers

Use this brochure to help your school earn extra money for different activities, events, and equipment that keep students excited and engaged. This brochure provides ideas to use healthy choices for fundraising that sell only nonfood items or foods that meet the Smart Snacks nutrition standards. The four-fold brochure provides information on Smart Snack Requirements and fundraising ideas. And, there are four successful fundraising stories from schools that have raised money in a variety of ways.

Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2016

This report provides a detailed picture of the status of biking and walking in the United States. There is a significant amount of national and state-level data, case studies of communities which have been able to increase access to walking and biking, and tips for implementation in diverse communities.

Brain Boosters: Benefits of Physical Activity Breaks

The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability published a resource page on brain boosters to give teachers tips for incorporating short, 10-minute or less classroom activities that combine physical activity with classroom learning.

Building Healthier Communities: Integrating Public Health into Planning

Building Healthier Communities: Integrating Public Health into Planning is a free online learning course for planning and health professionals. Designed to complement the American Planning Association’s Planners4Health curriculum, the course outlines what planners and public health professionals need to know and how they can connect their work.

Building the business case for produce at convenience stores

This overview is divided into 7 sections:
1. Background: An overview of the convenience
store industry, produce sales and snacking trends
2. Opportunity: A look at demand, products and
consumer trends that can affect sales success
3. Consumer insights: A closer look at the customers
seeking out produce and how they shop in convenience
stores
4. Logistics and specifics: There are a number of
elements to consider in developing and executing
a successful produce program
5. Getting started: A primer for how to start a
program based on one retailer’s experience
6. Managing Fresh: An example of a fresh build-to
book and the methodology behind it
7. Next steps: There are other considerations to
be addressed

CDC CHANGE Tool

This CHANGE tool helps community teams (such as coalitions) develop their community action plan. This tool walks community team members through the assessment process and helps define and prioritize possible areas of improvement. Community-At-Large Sector, Community Institution/Organization Sector; Health Care Sector; School Sector; Work Site Sector

CDC Worksite Health Scorecard

This Health Scorecard, developed by the CDC, is a tool designed to help employers assess the extent to which they have implemented evidence-based health promotion interventions or strategies in their worksites to prevent heart disease, stroke, and related conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and obesity.

CDC’s Physical Activity Facts

This CDC website provides a brief overview of school-based physical activity facts including benefits of physical activity, long-term consequences of inactivity, and current participation in physical activity and physical education among youth. The website also links to other CDC resources related to youth physical activity.

CDC’s Nutrition and the Health of Young People

This CDC website provides a brief overview of school-based nutrition facts including benefits of healthy eating, consequences of a poor diet, current eating behaviors of young people, and the link between diet and academic performance. The website also links to other CDC resources related to school-based nutrition.

Center for Healthy Food Access

The Food Trust, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recently announced the Center for Healthy Food Access launch. Its goals are to promote access to nutrition and affordable food for children nationwide, while catalyzing new ideas and sustaining recent progress around food access. Some initiative efforts include strengthening SNAP and WIC, improving school food and water quality, developing healthy food access venues in underserved areas, and working with businesses on healthy food marketing.

CHLI Assessment

Community Healthy Living Index (CHLI) contains assessments for six key community settings: afterschool child care sites, early childhood programs, neighborhoods, schools, work sites and the community at large. Each assessment contains questions about policies and practices that support healthy lifestyles. Each question provides a “best practice” or improvement idea for sites to implement

Community Food Security Assessment Toolkit

This report provides a toolkit of standardized measurement tools for assessing various aspects of community food security. It includes a general guide to community assessment and focused materials for examining six basic assessment components related to community food security. These include guides for profiling general community characteristics and community food resources as well as materials for assessing household food security, food resource accessibility, food availability and affordability, and community food production resources. Data collection tools include secondary data sources, focus group guides, and a food store survey instrument. It is designed for use by community-based nonprofit organizations and business groups, local government officials, private citizens, and community planners.

Community Health Media Center Resources

The Community Health Media Center (CHMC) provides free and low-cost advertisements and materials for use by health departments and nonprofit organizations. The advertisements and materials focus on the built environment, nutrition, physical activity, obesity, and other chronic diseases or conditions. The CHMC includes television, radio, print, outdoor (e.g., billboard, transit), and web advertisements; as well as infographics and support materials such as brochures, fact sheets, flyers, posters, postcards. Browse the collection by visiting the CHMC website and creating an account.

Complete Street for North Country Communities- Advocacy Toolkit

This resource was developed by one of the CHSC grantees and is universally useful even though it was developed with small upstate communities in mind. It contains several 1-2 page checklist style street and sidewalk assessments as well as action planning tools.

Complete Streets

This website provides an overview of benefits of Complete Streets (CS), as well as villages/towns/cities with CS policies or resolutions, and design guidance

Complete Streets Complete Networks Rural Contexts

This guide is intended to help planners, engineers, and decision-makers understand the Complete Streets roadway design process, and how it can be applied in smaller communities. It is intended as a companion to Complete Streets, Complete Networks, A Manual for the Design of Active Transportation.

Complete Streets Local Policy Workbook

This workbook provides explanations of the various forms a Complete Streets (CS) policy may take and the elements of an ideal CS policy. This workbook is intended to be used during the development of a city or county CS policy.

Complete Streets Policy Equity and Public Transit Reports

As Complete Streets Policies are becoming increasingly popular researchers seek to understand how these provisions lead to equitable implementation and higher physical activity levels. These two latest reports from the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago examine both the association between complete streets policies and public transit use and equity prioritization in policies.

Complete Streets: Changing Policy

Presentation, along with presenters notes, to facilitate a discussion of Complete Streets in one’s community. Includes background on what Complete Streets are and provides example policies

Complete Streets: Guide to Answering the Costs Question

This guide provides four overarching points to make in answering cost questions. The effectiveness of each depends upon the listener—some will resonate more with one audience than another. We give general guidance to the most appropriate audiences for each point, as well as general tips when discussing these topics in your community. We encourage you to use these examples as a starting point. Each point made below is illustrated in a companion PowerPoint slide. A thumbnail image of the slide and its corresponding slide number appear next to the text examples. You should not use the whole PowerPoint presentation to make your case locally. Instead, select the slides that are appropriate to your audience and situation and augment those slides with local facts and stories.

Complete Streets: Making them Happen!

This webinar shows how to tailor Complete Streets talking points, identify Complete Streets demonstration projects, and develop strategies to measure progress implementing Complete Streets projects.

Comprehensive Framework for Addressing the School Nutrition Environment and Services

This CDC framework provides school nutrition professionals, school health professionals, administrators, teachers, and parents detailed information on the components of a school nutrition environment and how, together, they influence a students’ access to healthy foods and beverages at school. Access the PDF here: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/nutrition/pdf/school_nutrition_framework_508tagged.pdf

Convenience Stores and the “Fresh” Opportunity

Convenience Stores and the “Fresh” Opportunity explores the fresh and less processed food being offered by a cross section of convenience stores, including consumer perceptions of independent and chain-store meals and snacks. Matched with data on snacks, Millennials and female demographics, the white paper provides insights and recommendations on convenience-store shopping experiences, merchandising, store designs and fresh categories.

Corner Stores

This tool offers concerned residents, policymakers, business leaders, and advocates ideas and strategies for improving small stores in underserved communities. It provides examples of challenges faced by residents wishing to improve the quality of local corner stores and identifies strategies used to overcome many of these challenges.

Designing and Evaluation for a Complete Streets Initiative

The value of a complete streets initiative can be demonstrated through program evaluation. Creating a systematic and meaningful evaluation approach requires a step by step process. The purpose of this webinar is to provide participants with the skills to plan and execute an evaluation of a Complete Streets Public Health Intervention which addresses Prevention Agenda Performance Measures.

Developing a Healthy Beverage Vending Agreement

This fact sheet outlines key considerations for schools, including what to look for when soliciting a vendor, best practices to ensure a sound agreement, and ways for parents and other community members to get involved in the process.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The Dietary Guidelines reflect the current body of nutrition science and provide recommendations to help Americans make healthy food and beverage choices and serve as the foundation for vital nutrition policies and programs across the United States. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans is the Nation’s go-to source for nutrition advice for public health professionals and is published every 5 years.

Dig, Eat, & Be Healthy: A Guide to Growing Food on Public Property

Growing food on public property not only yields a diverse crop of fresh, healthy foods, but also promotes civic participation, public safety, food literacy, jobs skills, and urban greening. This guide provides users with the tools needed to access public land for growing fresh, healthy foods for the community.

Discover MyPlate Teacher’s Guide

The Discover MyPlate Teacher’s Guide includes six standards-based, inquiry-led, student-centered and teacher approved lessons for kindergarten.

Drinking Water Safety in Schools

Drinking Water Safety in Schools graphically shows where lead can enter tap water in schools and provides an overview of steps to take to ensure tap water safety.

Eastern Highlands Health District Toolkit

In 2015, in partnership with the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association (CCAPA), EHHD was awarded a Plan4Health grant by the American Planning Association (APA) and the American Public Health Association (APHA). The focus of this grant is to support EHHD/CCAPA efforts to increase physical activity and access to healthy foods in the region’s towns by helping them link their planning and public health programs with a focus on healthier communities. This toolkit is designed to support the EHHD region towns, as well as any other small, rural towns, in these efforts. The EHHD and its CHART Coalition are actively working to help their communities create places where residents will have more opportunities to be physically active, eat healthy foods, and have fun!

Eat Smart North Carolina: Bring Fresh Produce to Your Setting

This guide by Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina provides tips to worksite employers on how to provide and encourage employees to eat local healthy produce in work settings. The guide is geared to those in North Carolina; however, many of the tips are transferable to other communities. For those new to the initiative, the guide offers success stories, other resources, steps to success, and planning tips.

Economic Benefits of PA

The National Physical Activity Society created slides you can use to promote walk/bike-ability.

ENACT Local Policy Database

This policy database includes policies that have been enacted from a wide variety of states, jurisdictions, and topics. Users can refine their serach by filtering based on cities, counties, school districts, regional bodies, or special districts. The intended use is to provide sample policy language for jurisdictions looking to enact their own policies.

Fair Play Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides an introduction to shared use as a strategy for reducing inequities in recreational access, and provides considerations that may be of particular concern in low-income communities.

Farmers Market Manager Training Manual

The purpose of this manual is to provide market managers with the training and the tools they need to be effective market mangers and to overcome the many obstacles and challenges to prevent market failure

Fighting for Equitable Transportation Fact Sheet

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership recently published a fact sheet, Fighting for Equitable Transportation: Why it Matters, that explores why safe and convenient walking and biking matter for low-income communities and communities of color. This fact sheet is a companion resource to At the Intersection of Active Transportation and Equity: Joining Forces to Make Communities Healthier and Fairer.

Food and Beverage Toolkit Resources

This toolkit is designed for anyone involved with workplace food and beverages, from the office vending machine to an off-site special event involving catering. The goal is to provide practical, actionable suggestions that are easy to understand and apply. Provides guidance for leadership and management, meetings and events, vending machines, caterers and food vendors, and by food category.

Food Business Pathways

White paper on an NYC program to assist public housing residents with small business ownership.

Food Hub Business Assessment Toolkit

“Wholesome Wave’s Food Hub Business Assessment Toolkit provides you with the tools to evaluate a food hub business’ readiness for investment. The Toolkit provides a framework for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of food hubs along with available data in the areas of business model and strategy, impact potential, market overview, marketing and sales, operations, organization and management, risk mitigation, technology and systems, and finance.

Food Hubs

Learn more about Food Hubs, including challenges, strategies, resources, and success.

Food Market Measures Toolkit

This toolkit provides an overview of food market measures for the store environment, consumers, and store owners. It helps researchers and practitioners to select appropriate measurement tools for healthy retail work by compiling, categorizing, and describing relevant measurement tools in a user-friendly way.

Food Marketing in Schools

This website provides an overview of food marketing in schools and includes fact sheets, model policies and reports.

Food organizations to watch in 2017

As 2017 rolls in, food movements, people, and organizations are rallying to remove inequitable and damaging practices. Food Tank presents 117 initiatives which are at the forefront of sustainable development.
This is a very interesting list of food related movements and organizations, that could be models for CHSC grantees to explore within their communities. The following may be especially worth reading about:
1- 412 Food Rescue
3- AeroFarms
9- Amp Your Good
31- FarmRaiser

Food Pantry Healthy Donation Checklist Poster

Looking to increase access to healthy foods in food pantries? Mount Mary University (WI) dietetics interns helped develop this checklist to encourage healthier donations at food pantries. More info at healthyshelves.org.

Food Services Guidelines: Case Studies from States and Communities

This CDC report highlights five case studies of food and beverage guidelines developed to improve the food environment. Each case study includes goals and objectives, development and use of food service guidelines, onoing monitoring, and lessons learned. This report will share some insight about the process of developing and implementing food service guidelines that CDC hopes will help foster efforts of others.

Formative Evaluation for a Healthy Corner Store Initiative in Pitt County, North Carolina

This website provides information about a formative evaluation that describes the development of a corner store initiative in Pitt County, North Carolina including the results of store owner interviews and a customer intercept survey. The appendix includes characteristics and shopping partners of the customers surveyed which may be useful for individuals in the process of designing a customer survey.

Get Up and Get Groovin’ – Classroom Physical Activity Breaks Tracker

“We know all kids should get 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Physical activity in the classroom as a great way to help your
students meet these minutes! Strive to incorporate at least 10 minutes of daily physical activity through movement breaks in your
classroom. Teachers can download the Action for Healthy Kids Classroom Physical Activity Tracker. Teachers can post it in a visible location and assign a student to fill it out at the end of each day.”

Getting to Grocery

This guide is designed to help advocates and public health agencies coordinate and leverage tools available through local government and other organizations to bring healthy food options into low-income communities.

Ghoulishly Great Ideas for Halloween Parties & Trick-Or-Treating

If it were only at Halloween, we wouldn’t be concerned about the candy. But it’s not just at Halloween. It’s candy and other treats all too often— breakfast candy (sugary cereals), liquid candy (soda), and fruit candies at lunch (fruit snacks/gummies/roll-ups). Celebrating Halloween healthfully isn’t about giving up all the treats. It’s about bringing them into balance, especially since kids often have multiple celebrations: at school, at friends’ houses, at after care, and in the community. And, of course, there’s trick-or-treating. There’s more to Halloween than candy. There’s dressing up, having fun with friends, playing games, and doing crafts. With so many celebrations throughout the year, it’s important to enjoy each one without going overboard.

Green for Greens: Finding Public Funding for Healthy Food Retail

ChangeLab Solution’s Green for Greens guide discusses strategies to implement healthy food retail in situations where financing may be a barrier. This guide is divided into two sections. The first provides a general overview of economic development and ideas for how to approach economic development agencies with healthy food retail proposals. The second provides a comprehensive overview of local, state, and federal economic development programs that have been or could be used for healthy food retail projects.

Guide to Developing A Community Farmers Market

This Guide to Developing a Community Farmers Market can help market organizers to create a strong foundation for a successful, long term farmers market that will be a community asset and a valuable resource for both consumers and farmers. Tools include sample surveys for consumers, farmers and local businesses, a market site evaluation, job description, sample rules, sample market application, and other resources in NY State.

Guidelines for Responsible Food Marketing to Children

These Guidelines for Responsible Food Marketing to Children are for food manufacturers, restaurants, supermarkets, television and radio stations, movie studios, magazines, public relations and advertising agencies, schools, toy and video game manufacturers, organizers of sporting or children’s events, and others who manufacture, sell, market, advertise, or otherwise promote food to children. The Guidelines provide criteria for marketing food to children in a manner that does not undermine children’s diets or harm their health. The Guidelines may be helpful to parents, school officials, legislators, community and health organizations, and others who are seeking to improve children’s diets

Health and Academic Achievement Overview

This document provides evidence linking healthy eating and physical activity to academic achievement; evidence-driven messages with specific benefits to states, school districts, schools, parents, and students; specific, feasible, and effective actions to support healthy eating and physical activity in schools; key resources to learn more.

Health and Academics

This fact sheet provides information highlighting/showcasing evidence regarding academic success and health.

Health Disparities Data Widget

Healthy People 2020’s data widget provides an easy way to find health disparities data related to the Healthy People 2020 objectives for the Leading Health Indicators (LHIs). The widget provides charts and graphs of disparities data that can be viewed by disparity type—including disability, education, income, location, race and ethnicity, and sex.

Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)

The Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) can help school districts, schools, and others conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of health education curricula based on the National Health Education Standards and CDC’s Characteristics of an Effective Health Education Curriculum.

Health Equity and Obesity Toolkit

The purpose of the Health Equity Toolkit is to increase the capacity of state health departments and their partners to work with and through communities to implement effective responses to obesity in populations that are facing health disparities. The Toolkit provides a six-step process for planning, implementing, and evaluating a program to address obesity disparities.

Health on the Shelf

This toolkit describes how to create a strong healthy small food retailer certification program that requires participating stores to increase the variety of healthy foods they sell, reduce the offerings of unhealthy foods, and proactively market healthy options with help from a sponsoring agency or organization. It provides step-by-step instructions for developing a certification program, with numerous ideas and examples from existing programs.

Healthier Food and Beverage Product Calculator

The Partnership for a Healthier America and the National Association of Convenience Stores launched a healthier product calculator. This healthier product calculator allows retailers, manufacturers and distributors to easily identify packaged foods and beverages that meet PHA’s Healthier Food and Beverage Product Criteria.

Healthier Food Choices for Public Places

This website has information related to food and nutrition guidelines for government, worksites, hospitals, and organizations including links to fact sheets/background, model polices, and toolkits.

Healthier Food Retail: An Action Guide for Public Health Practitioners

The purpose of the Action Guide for Public Health Practitioners is to provide guidance for public health practitioners on how to develop, implement, and partner on initiatives and activities around food retail in order to improve access, availability, and affordability of healthier foods and beverages. The guide is from the CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO). With this guide, public health practitioners can begin work in healthier food retail or enhance work on existing healthier food retail activities with new ideas and practical tools and tips. This Action Guide will help practitioners consider the landscape of initiative options and engage in partnerships to support healthier food retail initiatives, assess the food retail environment, and evaluate healthier food retail initiatives.

Healthier Middle Schools: Everyone Can Help

Healthier Middle Schools: Everyone Can Help is a series of communication tools designed to help you engage teachers, principals, parents, food service managers and students in school wellness efforts. To support healthy food choices and physical activity at your school, a school-wide coordinated approach works best. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service is providing these resources under its Team Nutrition initiative to help you bring everyone together to promote student wellness and prevent childhood obesity.

Healthiest Practice Open Streets

This website provides a toolkit for implementing Healthiest Practice Open Streets. ‘Open Streets’ are community-based programs that temporarily open selected streets to people, by closing them to cars. By doing this the streets become places where people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds can come out and improve their health.

Healthy Community Design and Access to Healthy Food Legislation Database

This database of the National Conference of State Legislatures is a valuable tool for anyone interested in state-level legislation related to active living and healthy eating. Users can search by state, topic area(s), year, bill type, bill status, and/or bill number. The website also has a text search feature. This database can be used to develop local policy language and check that local policies are in line with state policies.

Healthy Corner Store Initiative

The Food Trust created the Healthy Corner Store Initiative to support corner store owners committed to increasing the healthy food inventory in their stores and to encourage customers to make healthier choices. This report discusses the Healthy Corner Store Initiative model, programs, lessons learned, and evaluation.

Healthy Corner Stores for Healthy New Orleans Neighborhoods

This toolkit provides an overview of the steps needed to establish a healthy corner store initiative. The appendix includes several tools including case studies, a corner store survey, promotional materials for store corners, and a sample agreement.

Healthy Corner Stores: Making Corner Stores Healthier Places to Shop

In this USDA guide, you will learn how to lay the groundwork for planning and implementing a successful program in your community. It’s important to note that all communities are different, and there is no “one-size-fits-all” corner store program that works for every State, city, or neighborhood. A number of case studies, resources, and best practice recommendations from organizations that have effectively maintained these programs are included for additional learning and support.

Healthy Food Access Portal

This website offers key strategies, organizations, resources, and success stories in the areas of grocery stores, co-ops, corner stores, farmers’ markets, food hubs, alternative markets, and healthy food marketing.

Healthy Food and Small Stores

This report identify ways to overcome distribution challenges in the small food retail environment in ways that are profitable for businesses and provide better access to healthy food in stores.

Healthy Food Donation Checklist

This is a checklist of healthy items that food banks can use to show the kinds of healthy foods they are seeking in donations

Healthy Food in Health Care

Encourage your local hospitals to increase access to healthy foods using the Healthy Food in Health Care Pledge.

Healthy Food Retail: An Action Guide for Public Health Practitioners

This chapter, part of the larger Healthy Food Retail: An Action Guide for Public Health Practitioners, focuses on Distribution. The chapter discusses the public health role in sourcing and distributing healthier foods for retail venues, including local or regional foods.

Healthy Heart Program Hospital Toolkit

This toolkit includes tools and resources for improving the health environment of hospitals. It includes recommendations and implementation guides for vending machines, patient meals, and cafeterias.

Healthy Hydration

Healthy Hydration teaches the benefits of drinking water in place of sugar-sweetened beverages

Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities: School and Local Government Collaborations

The Local Government Commission and the Cities, Counties, and Schools Partnership produced this fact sheet in April 2007 showing how collaborative efforts between government officials and schools can join forces to reduce childhood obesity. It provides research resources and eight specific examples of policies (some of which are safe routes to schools initiatives), join use agreement, community garden programs, and fast food zoning policies.

Healthy Neighborhood Store Alliance -Toolkit

Tools and inspiration to support community-based movements seeking to increase access to healthy food and transform community health, based on lessons learned in West Oakland, CA

Healthy Non-Food Rewards

This brief guide provides suggestions for healthy non-food rewards for elementary, middle, and high schools students.

Healthy on the Block: Healthy Corner Store Toolkit

This toolkit, prepared by the Boston Public Health Commission, Strategic Alliance for Health, and Boston Collaborative for Food & Fitness, provides an overview of the steps needed to establish a healthy corner store initiative using a health equity framework. Stories of successful implementation are shared.

Healthy Retail Playbook

CHSC Grantees can use this Healthy Retail Playbook to develop a comprehensive approach to improving the retail environment. These innovative resources – a series of conversation starters, a playbook, and a collaboration workbook – can help government agencies collaborate to create a retail environment where it?s easier to make healthy choices than unhealthy ones.

Healthy Retail: A Set of Tools for Policy and Partnership

This resource and companion policy poster offer innovative strategies in tobacco control, nutrition, and excessive alcohol use prevention in order to create a retail environment where it is easier to make healthy choices then unhealthy ones.

Healthy School Food Policies: A Checklist

With the help of health and community activists, legislators, parents, and school officials, the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute developed this extensive checklist in June 2005. The checklist covers the school environment, quality, and educational opportunities regarding food, using reliable sources, for school administrators to replicate within their own organizations.

Healthy School Pledge

Schools can make the Action for Healthy Kids Healthy School Pledge. Encourage posting the signed pledge on a bulletin board in the hallway.

Healthy Schools Action Toolkit from NYC DOHMH

The newly released Healthy Schools Action Toolkit provides resources for elementary school administration, staff, families, and wellness councils. The Center for Health Equity has designed a toolkit to help schools create School Wellness Councils and School Wellness Policies to improve the health of the school community. As part of the toolkit, there are resources for principals, teachers, parents and students that will help: Promote Active Living: Ensure students get 60 minutes of daily physical activity through physical education, active recess, classroom physical activity breaks, active transportation to and from school and before- and after-school physical activity programs; and Promote Healthy Eating: Start by removing chocolate milk from your school menu to reduce the amount of sugar children consume daily. Serve plain (unflavored) 1% or skim milk instead.

Healthy Staff Meeting

Healthy schools need healthy role models. What’s a better way to start than to host a healthy staff meeting? Adding physical activity breaks or nutritious snacks can help staff stay attentive during meetings, get excited about school wellness, and help reinforce your efforts to become a healthy school. Plus, if students see staff practicing what they preach, they are more likely to want to practice those healthy behaviors themselves. Here are a few ideas to make your next school staff meeting a little bit healthier:

Healthy Vending Guide

This document provides a guide to help organizations make healthy vending options available and attractive to children, youth, and adults. It includes healthy vending guidelines for food and beverage products, sample policies to support and sustain healthy vending, and marketing strategies to promote healthy options.

HOPE collaborative (Health for Oaklands People)

Website of HOPE To Go. The company, located in Oaklast CA, distributes healthy, nutritious, fresh food via small “Healthy Coolers” located within small retailers and other community organizations to carry healthy locally grown and produced snacks, semi-prepared, and heat and serve meals. Our ordering and delivery platform connect local food businesses to small retailers and consumers with the goal of bringing healthy food to underserved markets.

How to Access and Use Data for Planning Complete Streets Projects

Complete streets policies can create safer and smarter multi-modal environments for all pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users of all ages and abilities. The right kind of data can be an essential element to planning, implementing, and evaluating projects. This one-hour webinar will provide information on how to access and use national, state, county, and street-level data on motor vehicle traffic, bicycle, and pedestrian use, injuries, hospitalizations, and fatalities.

How to Create and Implement Healthy General Plans

This toolkit provides a logical progression of steps to make communities more walkeable/bikeable, from engaging stakeholders to policy implementation. It includes strategies to build relationships with public officials and community members, community assessment, instructions on how to write a plan including sample policy language, tools to select which policies might be most successful, and research on the built environment and health outcomes.

Implementing Complete Streets Projects Using New and Existing Funding

Complete streets policies create safer and smarter multi-modal transportation networks for all pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users of all ages and abilities. New and existing funding sources can be accessed to help communities make their complete streets projects become a reality. Learn how to take concrete steps that build momentum and a track record, while simultaneously helping the community become more competitive for state and federal funding opportunities. In New York, there are good examples of rural, suburban and urban municipalities that have successfully identified and acted on low-cost solutions to advance their complete streets policies and projects. For larger infrastructure projects, communities have a variety of local, state and federal funding options. Communities should be careful to consider the costs and benefits of these funding options, including the costs of grant-writing, the importance of community buy-in and the difficulties of administering a federal-aid project.

Implementing Complete Streets Public Awareness Campaigns

One of the goals of the NYS Prevention Agenda is to promote attention to the health implications of policies and actions that occur outside of the health sector, including transportation and public safety. Complete streets policies create safer and smarter multi-modal transportation networks for all pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users of all ages and abilities. Complete streets policies are ultimately geared towards promoting healthy lifestyles. Learn how two New York communities have used public awareness campaigns to encourage their residents to use walking and biking facilities or trail networks that have been established as a result of complete streets projects.

Implementing Healthier Food Service Guidelines in Hospital and Federal Worksite Cafeterias

To better understand the facilitators and barriers of implementing healthy food service guidelines, CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) supported a project by the North Carolina Institute of Public Health (NCIPH) to examine five hospitals and four federal worksite food service operators across the country. The findings are published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics and describe the experiences of food service operators in implementing healthy food service guidelines and identifies implementation facilitators and barriers. NCIPH conducted additional follow-up with food service operators that were most successful in implementing the food service guidelines and published five Success Stories at the following websites that highlight the implementation challenges and solutions and synthesized keys to success for each individual hospital or federal worksite food service operator.

Incentives for Change: Rewarding Healthy Improvements to Small Food Stores

This brief offers suggested incentives for small food retailers. Incentives discussed include: education on local regulations, waiving administrative requirements, fees or taxes, lowering up-front costs to provide healthier options, training for owners, store renovations, and promotion to build business among new customers.

Incorporating On-Road Bicycle Networks into Resurfacing Projects

FHWA report entitled Incorporating On-Road Bicycle Networks into Resurfacing Projects has been publicly released on FHWA’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program website. This resource provides recommendations for how transportation agencies can integrate on-road bicycle facilities into their resurfacing program and it provides methods for fitting bicycle facilities onto existing roadways, cost considerations, and case studies. The resource was publicly announced at the National Bike Summit in Washington, DC on May 16th, 2016.

Introduction to Complete Streets

The presentation demonstrates the variety of options in creating roads that are safe for all users, regardless of age, ability, or mode of transportation.

Joint Use Toolkit

This guide is designed to help school staff and community leaders craft and implement joint use agreements. It includes model language and success stories, as well as financing strategies.

Let’s Go Toolkits

Let’s Go’s website has a host of toolkits which are loaded with information on how to integrate Let’s Go!‘s evidence based strategies and the 5-2-1-0 message into specific environments (schools, out-of-school, child care, health care and workplaces).

Let’s Move Active Schools Interactive Infographic

A new infographic is available to help schools easily identify physical education and physical activity resources, programs, professional development, grants, training, and technical assistance. Click on the Active Schools area you’d like to explore, and a list of evidenced-based resources will appear.

Level Up!

CDC developed a new framework to encourage 25 million Americans to “level up” the amount of physical activity they get—either moving from a sedentary lifestyle to a moderately active one, or from a moderately active one to a lifestyle that meets suggested physical activity thresholds. This framework includes rallying public health practitioners to deliver programs that work; creating messaging around active lifestyles; mobilizing partners and training leaders for action; and developing technologies, tools, and data to support physical activity.

Local Government Food Policy Database

The Growing Food Connections Local Government Policy Database is a searchable collection of local public policies that explicitly support community food systems. This database provides policymakers, government staff, and others interested in food policy with concrete examples of local public policies that have been adopted to address a range of food systems issues: rural and urban food production, farmland protection, transfer of development rights, food aggregation and distribution infrastructure, local food purchasing and procurement, healthy food access, food policy councils, food policy coordination, food system metrics, tax reductions and exemptions for food infrastructure, and much more.

Local School Wellness Policy Research Briefs

CDC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-supported Bridging the Gap (BTG) research program developed a series of briefs highlighting opportunities to support wellness policies through evidence-based strategies. These briefs provide an assessment of policies across school districts nationwide during the 2012-2013 school year, related to seven wellness policy components. They also highlight areas of opportunity for state agencies, school districts, and schools to strengthen wellness policy components.

Market Outreach and Promotion

This document provides some of the creative approaches that market managers have used to conduct outreach and promotion for farmers’ markets across Massachusetts.

Marketing Matters

The complete report equips jurisdictions with the data and tools necessary to combat the marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages to young children. It provides a detailed legal analysis of the options available, and discusses strategies communities can use to reduce unhealthy marketing. A policy poster is also available.

Minneapolis Healthy Corner Store Program

This document describes the Minneapolis Health Corner Store Program and in the appendix provides an assessment to evaluate customer habits and preferences to inform a healthy corner store initiative in Minneapolis.

Model and Sample Policy Language

Explore these resources when preparing to draft your local school wellness policy, and revisit them when putting the policy to action. You can also use these resources to compare your policy against model policies.

Model Beverage and Food Vending Machine Standards

This document describes vending standards developed to provide a model for municipal, state, and federal government leased or operated vending machines or vending machines on public property. The standards could also be used by hospitals, private workplaces, and others to support the health of their employees or visitors.

Model Healthy Food System Resolution

ChangeLab Solutions developed this Model Healthy Food System Resolution to help community members and policymakers start their own conversation about how the local government can support a healthier food system. It suggests numerous actions that the local government could take to understand the local food system, and it establishes a Food Policy Council to continue the food system dialogue after the resolution is enacted.

Model Healthy Municipal Snack and Beverage Vending Agreement

The purpose of this guide is to help nutrition advocates and municipalities use the contracting process to achieve the following goals: (1) improve the nutritional quality of snacks and beverages sold on municipal property, (2) negotiate favorable terms and conditions, (3) develop strategic vendor relations, (4) increase process efficiencies, and (5) improve communication and customer service.

Model Wellness Policy Language

This word document provides a template for creating a “Basic” wellness policy that can be adapted to meet your district’s wellness priorities. This template meets the minimum Federal standards for local school wellness policy implementation under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Healthy Schools Program “Bronze”-level recognition criteria, and minimum best practice standards accepted in the education and public health fields. Where appropriate, the template includes optional policy language school districts can use to establish a stronger policy that meets the Healthy Schools Program “Silver” or “Gold” levels. School districts should choose policy language that meets their current needs and also supports growth over time.

Multimodal Strategies for Rural/Small Town Areas

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently released a resource for transportation practitioners in small towns and rural communities titled “Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks.” It applies existing national design guidelines to rural settings and highlights small town and rural case studies. Challenges specific to rural communities are addressed and focus on opportunities to make incremental improvements despite these geographic, fiscal, and other challenges.

National Action Plan to Promote Health Through Increased Fruit and Vegetable Consumption 2010 Report Card

This report provides an update on the status of fruit and vegetable consumption in the US as of 2010. It provides a list of prioritized strategies to increase fruit and vegetable consumption in the following settings: nutrition promotion and marketing; supermarkets and other retailers; fruit and vegetable suppliers; restaurants and other food service establishments; schools, child care, and other institutions serving children/adolescents; work places; health care and health organizations; research and evaluation; and state and federal policy.

National Action Plan to Promote Health Through Increased Fruit and Vegetable Consumption 2015 Report Card

This report provides an update on the status of fruit and vegetable consumption in the US as of 2015. It provides a list of prioritized strategies to increase fruit and vegetable consumption in the following settings: nutrition promotion and marketing; supermarkets and other retailers; fruit and vegetable suppliers; restaurants and other food service establishments; schools, child care, and other institutions serving children/adolescents; work places; health care and health organizations; research and evaluation; and state and federal policy.

National Healthy Worksite Program

This website provides a comprehensive toolkit to support the Worksite Health 101 training as well as supporting materials and guidance for employers to implement comprehensive workplace health programs.

NEMS-CS

The NEMS Corner Store survey assesses the nutrition environments, specifically in corner stores. While similar to NEMS-S, NEMS-CS also measures canned and frozen fruits and vegetables as well as additional snack and beverage items commonly found in corner stores.

New BRFSS Brief Report: Overweight and Obesity Among NYS Adults, 2015

The New York State (NYS) Department of Health (DOH) is pleased to announce the release of a new report based on data from the 2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), an annual statewide telephone survey of adults developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administered by the NYSDOH. The brief report, “Overweight and Obesity among New York State Adults, 2015,” provides updated prevalence estimates of both overweight and obesity in the state. According to the report, one-quarter (25.0%) of adults in NYS are obese and another 34.5% are overweight, an estimated 8.4 million residents. The prevalence of obesity in NYS is higher among adults who are non-Hispanic black or Hispanic (30.9% and 29.3%, respectively), earn an annual household income less than $50,000 (28.9%), have less than a college education (28.6%), are currently living with a disability (37.2%), and those who live outside of New York City (26.9%). The New York State Prevention Agenda 2013-2018 has identified reducing obesity in adults as a focus area and established an objective to reduce obesity by 5% among adults and by 10% among adults living with disabilities. More information about the Prevention Agenda and the recommended strategies for addressing obesity in adults can be found on the NYSDOH website: http://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/prevention_agenda/2013-2017/ This brief has been approved for public release.

New Healthy Meeting Hacks Infographic

CSPI developed a new infographic that lays out nine simple, low-cost tips to support healthy choices at meetings and conferences. We all know that the workplace environment can have a major influence on employee health. Unfortunately, the food served at meetings is typically calorie-dense and nutrient-poor, and day-long conferences set aside little time for physical activity. CSPI’s infographic helps encourage and inform organizations looking to provide a healthier meeting environment. View the resource here: Healthy Meeting Hacks Infographic Final

New Resources for Recess in Schools Promotion Kit

School staff that are responsible for leading recess in schools can use the Strategies for Recess in Schools, Recess Planning in Schools: A Guide to Putting Strategies for Recess into Practice, and customizable Recess Planning Template to help them identify what is currently happening or not happening with recess in their school. School staff can then use this information to develop a written recess plan that serves all students. This promotion kit provides an overview of these new resources for recess in schools as well as ideas to promote them. The other resources can be found at these links: Recess Planning Template, Recess Planning in Schools guide, and Strategies for Recess Success in Schools.

New York State Prevention Agenda Dashboard – State Level

Interested to see how New York is making progress on Prevention Agenda goals? Check out the NYS Prevention Agenda Dashboard which tracks progress on a variety of health indicators, including obesity (#19- #22) and breastfeeding (#49).

New York State-New York City Regional Food Hubs Task Force Final Action Plan

Recommendations of the Regional Food Hubs Task Force. In December 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo formed the New York State and New York City Regional Food Hub Task Force at the statewide Farm-to-Table Upstate-Downstate Agricultural Summit. The goal of the Upstate-Downstate Summit was to boost production and consumption of New York State fresh and value-added foods. The Task force explored tools to increase access to fresh food, by helping smaller producers to reach local downstate markets. The Task Force was charged with identifying capital investments and policy solutions that advance these goals. Based on its research and analysis, the Task Force recommends the development of a NYS-NYC Regional Food Hubs System, organized within a framework of physical and programmatic initiatives to be developed and implemented in partnership with local stakeholders.

Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools Fact Sheets

This website provides four CDC developed audience-specific fact sheets as a resource for school staff, parents, and young people to use to support and develop strong nutrition standards that can impact the health of students at school. These fact sheets are designed to answer commonly asked questions about the IOM’s Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools report and provide recommendations for implementing the standards. View the fact sheets near the end of the page under the “Smart Snacks” tab.

NY Farm to School Resources

This website, run by NYS Agriculture and Markets, suggests resources for schools interested in starting a Farm to School program or participating in one.

NYSDOH Healthy Hospital Food Initiative (Publication #1624)

The hospitals toolkit can be download from the NYS DOH website at the link included. Hard copies of the toolkit packets can also be ordered, free of charge, from the NYS Distribution Center. Toolkits are intended for use by CHSC grantees and their subcontractors and can be provided to worksites, organizations, hospitals etc. in support of your work to establish standards for foods purchased and/or served. To place an order with the NYS Distribution Center, please follow the instructions below:
Send an email to: b0019w@health.ny.gov
Include:
– Publication number (see above for publication number)
– Quantity requesting
– Mailing address (Note: Publications cannot be mailed to a PO Box)

NYSDOH Healthy Workplace Food Initiative (Publication #1625)

The worksites toolkit can be download from the NYS DOH website at the link included. Hard copies of the toolkit packets can also be ordered, free of charge, from the NYS Distribution Center. Toolkits are intended for use by CHSC grantees and their subcontractors and can be provided to worksites, organizations, hospitals etc. in support of your work to establish standards for foods purchased and/or served. To place an order with the NYS Distribution Center, please follow the instructions below:
Send an email to: b0019w@health.ny.gov
Include:
– Publication number (see above for publication number)
– Quantity requesting
– Mailing address (Note: Publications cannot be mailed to a PO Box)

Operation Market Quest

This guide and the corresponding material toolkit are designed to help Market Managers or Market Vendors accepting Electronic Benefits Transfer for recipients of SNAP, Market to this demographic of produce purchasers. Topics include where to advertise, using the internet and social media, voucher promotions, among others.

Parent Letter – English

Customize the Action for Healthy Kids parent letter to remind parents of healthy ways to celebrate

Parent Letter – Spanish

Customize the Action for Healthy Kids parent letter to remind parents of healthy ways to celebrate (Spanish)

Parents for Healthy Kids

Parents for Healthy Kids is a national initiative created for parents, by parents, offering resources to help parents and caregivers become effective change agents in school and student health — includes this website and online community forum, school grants, and trainings.

Parents for Healthy Schools

This CDC report provides an overview of a healthy school environment with a focus on the school nutrition environment and services, physical education and physical activity, and managing chronic health conditions in schools; an overview of the framework for engaging parents in school health; and suggestions for how to use the resources. There is also a PowerPoint presentation that schools can use, and ideas for how parents can take action to improve school health environments.

PE + Health = Student Success

This Shape America infographic can help communicate the impact of physical activity on academic performance, one of many free downloadable posters and infographics.

Perspectives of Urban Corner Store Owners and Managers on Community Health Problems and Solutions

Urban corner store interventions have been implemented to improve access to and promote purchase of healthy foods. However, the perspectives of store owners and managers, who deliver and shape these interventions in collaboration with nonprofit, government, and academic partners, have been largely overlooked. The study sought to explore the views of store owners and managers on the role of their stores in the community and their beliefs about health problems and solutions in the community.

Physical Activity Case Studies

Voices for Healthy Kids and The Safe Routes to School National Partnership have released a series of case studies on successful campaigns to increase physical activity. These new resources share stories of state- and local-level campaigns that have implemented Safe Routes to School, Complete Streets, shared use agreements, environmental justice policies, and more. They provide excellent examples of how communities and organizations can advance policies and programs that institutionalize support for walking, biking, physical activity, and healthy communities. You can access the new case studies in the “Resource” section of the following Voices for Healthy Kids toolkits.

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (PAG) are an essential resource for health professional and policymakers. Based on the latest science, they provide guidance on how children and adults can improve their health through physical activity. It also provides ways to help consumers understand the benefits of physical activity and how to make it a part of their regular routine.

Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT)

The Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT) is a self-assessment and planning guide developed by CDC. It is designed to help school districts and schools conduct clear, complete, and consistent analyses of physical education curricula, based upon national physical education standards.

Physical Education Program Checklist

This Physical Education Program Checklist is designed to help school administrators, principals, teachers and
parents review their schools’ physical education programs to ensure that they are addressing what SHAPE America
has identified as the “essential components” of physical education.

Promising Strategies for Creating Healthy Eating and Active Living Environments

This report outlines evidence-based strategies to create healthy eating and active living environments. It integrates perspectives from various stakeholders – public health, sustainable food systems, economic development, transportation, private industry, planning, education, climate change, and others. It identifies specific areas for collaboration across sectors or fields to transform communities in a high leverage and high impact way.

Putting Health on the Menu

ChangeLab Solutions developed this toolkit to describe how to create a strong healthy restaurant program, providing a variety of options and examples that communities can draw upon in establishing their own program. A modle healthy restaurant program agreement is also available.

Recess Planning Template

Supports schools to customize what is included in the recess plan to reflect their existing priorities and make recess decisions that support the unique culture of their school.

ReFED Food Innovator Database and Policy Finder Tool

This is an outline of a webinar from ReFED, an organization dedicate to reducing food waste, on how to use their Innovator Database in dealing with excess food. The tool tells you who in your area to connect with that will use excess food. Their policy finder also allows you to see various policies dealing with excess waste across the country, which you can propose to your own local governments.

Report Highlights How Complete Streets Support Equity

Researchers at the University of Illinois, Chicago, published a report about how Complete Streets support equity. This report, “Prioritizing Transportation Equity through Complete Streets,” examines results from eight communities that chose to prioritize equity in their Complete Streets policies. The report presents lessons and strategies that the eight communities learned; prioritizing equity was found difficult to put into practice.

Resources to Reduce Sugary Drink Consumption Among Latino Kids

Salud America! has released new materials on sugary drink consumption and Latino kids, including a research review, issue brief, and infographics. These new resources, available in English and Spanish, add to Salud America!’s library of existing materials on topics such as healthier schools, active spaces, healthy weight, and health equity.

Road Signs Pedcast

In the Road Signs Pedcast (a “walking podcast”), you’ll hear from people on the ground who are building safe and active streets. Each episode discusses one transportation tool that promotes community health. In this first episode, learn about an approach to making existing streets safer—a road diet—with a story from Oakland, California.

Running a Food Hub-Lessons Learned from the Field

In recent years, several surveys—including the 2013 National Food Hub Survey and the Food Hub Benchmarking Study—have collected data on U.S. food hubs. What seems to be lacking from the current research on food hubs is information on operations and “lessons learned” from those involved in starting and operating food hubs. To help fill this void, interviews were conducted with the leaders of 11 food hubs, using an open-ended, free-flowing format. This allowed for maximum flexibility during each interview and the ability to further capture the unique nature of each entity. The food hubs, located throughout the United States, represent a diversity of organization types, product offerings, operation structures, and missions.

Safe Routes to School (Roadmap & Brochure)

Safe Routes to School is a movement that is changing communities and making children healthier by getting children to use their own power to get to and from school. This illustrated roadmap highlights 13 policy options that can help make Safe Routes to School a permanent part of our communities.

Safe Routes to School National Partnership

This website offers depth of expertise, a national support network, and know-how to help make communities and schools safer, healthier, and more active. Includes factsheets, guides, publications, webinars and more related to SRTS, shared use, healthy communities and active transportation

School Celebrations

Information from North Carolina about setting up healthy celebrations policies in schools (2 pages)

School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

This document provides CDC synthesized research and best practices related to promoting healthy eating and physical activity in schools, culminating in nine guidelines. These guidelines were informed by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, and the Healthy People 2020 objectives related to healthy eating and physical activity among children, adolescents, and schools. The guidelines serve as the foundation for developing, implementing, and evaluating school-based healthy eating and physical activity policies and practices for students. Each of the nine guidelines is accompanied by a set of implementation strategies developed to help schools work towards achieving each guideline. Although the ultimate goal is to implement all nine guidelines included in this document, not every strategy will be appropriate for every school, and some schools, due to resource limitations, might need to implement the guidelines incrementally.

School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity PowerPoint® Presentation

To help inform education and health professionals about the School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity, CDC has developed a free PowerPoint® presentation and accompanying materials that can be downloaded for public use. The Presentation can be used at state, regional, or local levels to introduce the guidelines to staff members at education and health agencies, schools, community groups, and other organizations interested in promoting healthy eating and physical activity through schools. It can be delivered at meetings, conferences, trainings of trainers, continuing education activities, or other public events, as well as used with individuals or teams.

School Health Index (SHI): Self-Assessment and Planning Guide

The School Health Index (SHI): Self-Assessment & Planning Guide 2014 is an online self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs.

Access the PDF for Middle and High schools here: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/shi/pdf/middle-high-total-2014.pdf

School Meals: An Integral Part of the School Day

In this training, presenters from education and health discuss school nutrition and academic achievement, the changes brought by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, and the expanded options for providing school meals.

School Wellness Policies: A Policy Brief

Recommendations and strategies for strengthening school wellness policies are provided in this easy-to-read resource. Published in 2009 by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, the report includes recommendations to address common weaknesses in school food policies such as incomplete policies, vague language, and food marketing in schools.

School Wellness Policy and Practice: Meeting the Needs of Low-Income Students

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) developed this guide in February 2006 for parents, school community leaders, and anti-hunger advocates addressing nutrition needs specifically for low-income students. The guide contains sample programs, policies, and key research to develop school wellness policies that meet the needs of vulnerable students.

School Wellness Resource Kit

This comprehensive guide provides tools to assess and improve the school, classroom, and home environment, as well as staff wellness through the lens of two school districts in Colorado.

Sell Healthy! Guide

This guide is designed to support store owners in implementing healthy changes. Topics include products and displays, pricing and promotions, and store appearance.

Shared Use Agreements & Tribal Nations

This fact sheet provides an overview of shared use in light of legal concepts that are unique to Indian County, and which may be relevant when entering into a shared use agreement with a Tribal Nation.

Shop Healthy NYC Adopt a Shop Guide

Shop Healthy NYC has developed a guide for community residents and organizations interested in working with local food retailers to increase healthy offerings, like fresh fruits and vegetables, 100% whole wheat bread and low-salt canned goods. This guide provides tips for working with retailers to make healthful changes and for increasing community demand for these healthy offerings.

Shop Healthy NYC Implementation Guide

Shop Healthy NYC has created this implementation guide for groups that are interested in transforming a neighborhood’s food environment by working not only with food retailers, but with food suppliers, distributors and other community groups.

Small Town and Rural Design Guide

This online design resource and idea book is intended to help small towns and rural communities support safe, comfortable, and active travel for people of all ages and abilities.

Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks

This document is intended to be a resource for transportation practitioners in small towns and rural communities. It applies existing national design guidelines in a rural setting and highlights small town and rural case studies. It addresses challenges specific to rural areas, recognizes how many rural roadways are operating today, and focuses on opportunities to make incremental improvements despite the geographic, fiscal, and other challenges that many rural communities face.

Smart Food Choices: How to Implement Food Service Guidelines in Public Facilities

This document can help you implement food service guidelines in your government work site or other public facility to increase the availability of healthier choices at food service venues, including cafeterias, concession stands, snack bars, and vending machines. Audiences for this document include state and local health departments and other interested partners working to implement food service guidelines in government work sites and other public facilities.

Smart Snacks in Schools

As of 2014-15, all foods sold at school during the school day need to meet nutrition standards. The Smart Snacks in School regulation applies to foods sold a la carte, in the school store, and vending machines. This one-pager summarizes the Smart Snacks standards, which were put in place as part of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010.

Smarter Lunchrooms

Smarter Lunchrooms use easy no-cost and low-cost changes to encourage students to select, eat, and enjoy healthier foods in school without eliminating their choice. These interventions can maintain or improve revenue and increase participation.

Sodium Reduction Toolkit

The National Network of Public Health Institutes, Health Resources in Action, and CDC developed a new resource, “Partnering with Food Service to Reduce Sodium: A Toolkit for Public Health Practitioners.” This toolkit provides public health practitioners with a list of strategies, tools, and resources to build new and/or enhance existing partnerships with food service providers interested in reducing sodium in foods prepared, served, and sold.

Springboard to Active Schools Data Brief: Keep Recess in Schools

As part of the Springboard to Active Schools initiative, NNPHI collaborated with Health Resources in Action and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop “Keep Recess in Schools.” Intended for partners in both the education and public health fields, this brief shares national data describing trends in the state of recess in U.S. schools. The brief also identifies key policies and practices that school districts and schools can apply and implement to promote and implement recess. Read this brief to learn more about the definition of recess, get a snapshot of current recess practices in the United States, and explore national guidance and practical strategies to improve recess.

Springboard to Active Schools Data Brief: Strengthen Physical Education in Schools

Physical education is an academic subject and is part of a well-rounded education. While many states require K-12 students to participate in some level of physical education, many physical education practices can be improved to help students meet the national recommendation of engaging in at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily. Physical education has a positive impact on students’ physical, mental, and emotional health. Students who take physical education build the ability, confidence, and desire to continue to be active in adulthood. “Strengthen Physical Education in Schools” provides partners in both the education and public health fields with national data that describes the state of physical education in schools in the United States, and identifies key policies and practices that school districts and schools can put in place to promote and strengthen physical education.

Starting a Food Hub: Successful Hubs Share Their Stories

This webinar brings together the stories of the formation and first year of three different, successful food hubs. Presenters share some of the best and worst decisions they made, including: what types of contacts they felt really helped their business to thrive; how much money they needed and where they got it; and others.

Starting a New Farmers Market

This manual is designed to guide users through the process of starting a farmers market. It covers successful methods and innovative strategies developed by many experienced market managers and professionals.

State ESSA Plans to Support Student Health and Wellness: A Framework for Action

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) recognizes the vital role that health and wellness play in education. This document focuses on supporting advocates who are interested in working with statelevel policymakers to develop state ESSA plans. It provides practical resources and emphasizes several key areas with the greatest potential impact on student health.

State ESSA Plans Website

Cairn Guidance launched a State ESSA Plan webpage to provide a snapshot of what individual state’s ESSA plans include to support the whole child. The snapshot also compares states across the country, identifies strengths of each plan, and shares opportunities for improvement and continued advocacy.

Stimulating Supermarket Development: A New Day for New York

The New York Supermarket Commission developed this report which makes nine recommendations, with the goal of protecting the health of children and families by ensuring access to affordable nutritious food. To reach this goal, they call on the city and state to put policies into place that ensure healthy retail.

Stories from Small Towns

This report provides examples of structural changes in small towns (<25,000 pop) that improved their walkability, showing that these types of changes can work in small towns too, not just big cities.

Strategies for Enhancing the Built Environment to Support Healthy Eating and Active Living

This brief outlines a range of organizational practices and public policies that can be used to improve the built environment in support of healthy eating and regular physical activity. The key audiences for this brief are funders, professionals, and advocates who are interesting in an overarching strategy for how the built environment can promote healthy eating and active living.

Strategies for Recess in Schools

CDC and Shape America have developed new guidance documents that provide schools with 19 evidence-based strategies for recess, as well as a planning guide and template to help develop a written recess plan.

Strategies for Recess in Schools

CDC, in collaboration with SHAPE America, developed a document, “Strategies for Recess in Schools,” that outlines strategies for planning and providing recess in schools to help increase participation in physical activity and improve academic achievement. The strategies recommended in this document are based on an environmental scan of recess in schools; were guided by expert researchers, practitioners, and non-governmental organizations; and discussed and reviewed by physical educators, school administrators, and stakeholders.

Strategies to Improve Quality Physical Education

This brief CDC report summarizes two key strategies for improving the quality of physical education: implementing a well-designed curriculum, and providing teachers with appropriate training and supervision. Activities within each of these strategies are suggested.

Study Shows Taxing Sugar-Sweetened Drinks Linked to Fewer Purchases

According to a study recently published in Health Affairs, implementing a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) is associated with a sustained reduction in the purchase of these beverages. In 2014, Mexico implemented a SSB tax (1 peso per liter). Using store purchase data, researchers estimated a 7.6% average decrease in SSB purchases in 2014 and 2015. Notably, households at the lowest socioeconomic level had the largest decreases in purchases of SSBs in both years.

Summary of the Final Rule: Local School Wellness Policy Implementation Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

The wellness policy requirement was established by the Child Nutrition and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Reauthorization Act of 2004 and further strengthened by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA). It requires each LEA participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program to develop a wellness policy. The final rule expands the requirements to strengthen policies and increase transparency. The responsibility for developing, implementing, and evaluating a wellness policy is placed at the local level, so the unique needs of each school under the LEA’s jurisdiction can be addressed.

Systematic Pedestrian and Cycling Environmental Scan instrument

This is a long name for a short ( one page) tool developed by researchers in Sydney Australia. The tool’s purpose is the same as the Active neighborhood checklist. A copy of the tool, manual for use and supporting documents are on the active living research. Org website.

Take Action! A Worksite Employee Wellness Program

The California Fit Business Kit Tools, developed by Network for a Healthy California in early 2008, include ten programs that help employees and employers incorporate healthy eating and physical activity into the workday. These downloadable materials are meant to inform worksite policy or simply assist with an individual’s goals. The materials also include assessment checklists, program ideas, and potential wellness policies. Although the website is specific to California worksites, most of the tools are applicable to worksites elsewhere.

Teacher’s Toolbox

Shape America’s Teacher’s Toolkbox has tons of free resources about physical education, including adapted PE.

Team Nutrition USDA

Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to support the Child Nutrition Programs through training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity. iInformation on how to apply can be found here: http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/join-team-become-team-nutrition-school

The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2014

The National Complete Streets Coalition examines and scores Complete Streets policies each year, comparing adopted policy language to the ideal. Ideal policies refine a community’s vision for transportation, provide for many types of users, complement community needs, and establish a flexible project delivery approach necessary for an effective Complete Streets process and outcome. Different types of policy statements are included in this examination, including legislation, resolutions, executive orders, departmental policies, and policies adopted by an elected board. Ogdensburg and Troy NY scored in the 1st and 2nd place, respectively.

The Built Environment Assessment tool

The Built Environment Assessment Tool (BE Tool) measures the core features and qualities of the built environment that affect health, especially walking, biking, and other types of physical activity.
The core features assessed in the BE Tool include:
Built environment infrastructure—such as road types, curb cuts and ramps, intersections and crosswalks, traffic control, and public transportation.
Walkability—for example, access to safe, attractive sidewalks and paths with inviting features.
Bikeability—such as the presence of bike lane or bike path features.
Recreational sites and structures.
Food environment—such as access to grocery stores, convenience stores, and farmers markets. The tool itself is Appendix D . See the links at the bottom of the page.

The Minneapolis Healthy Corner Store Program Summary Report

The Minneapolis Healthy Corner Store Program, implemented by the Minneapolis Health Department (MHD), supports store owners in making fresh produce and healthy foods more visible, affordable, and attractive to neighborhood residents. To date, the project has occurred in two phases: Phase 1 in 2010- 2011 (9 stores) and Phase 2 in 2012-2013 (30 stores). Both phases of the program have been funded by the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP), from the Minnesota Department of Health to address obesity and tobacco-related diseases. The purpose of this document is to describe the process the Health Department used to implement and evaluate Phase 2 of the Minneapolis Healthy Corner Store Program and to present the results and lessons learned. MHD’s programmatic approach offers a model for other communities that want to conduct and evaluate their own corner store initiatives.

Tiendas Saludables: Cómo lograr que las tiendas sean sitios de compras más saludables (Spanish version of USDA resource, “Healthy Corner Stores: Making Corner Stores Healthier Places to Shop”)

In this USDA guide in Spanish, you will learn how to lay the groundwork for planning and implementing a successful program in your community. It’s important to note that all communities are different, and there is no “one-size-fits-all” corner store program that works for every State, city, or neighborhood. A number of case studies, resources, and best practice recommendations from organizations that have effectively maintained these programs are included for additional learning and support.

Tips for Teachers

This fact sheet provides specific tips for teachers to help promote physical activity and healthy eating in the classroom, through making water accessible, offering non-food rewards, not withholding activity as punishment, modeling healthy behaviors, and other strategies.

Tools of Change: A Resource Catalog for Community Health

ChangeLab Solutions created a new catalog of resources for laws and policies to ensure everyday health for all, including access to affordable and healthy food and beverages and creating safe opportunities for physical activity.

Training Modules for PE Teachers

If you are currently relying on a “day-to-day” lesson strategy in your physical education classroom or are looking to update your existing PE curriculum, this series of five individual e-courses is for you!

Transportation Toolkit

The U.S. Department of Transportation released a new toolkit that provides resources and guidance to better understand transportation planning, including accessibility and safe spaces for walking and biking. The toolkit, geared towards members of the public who wish to learn how to engage in the transportation decision-making process at the local, regional, state, and federal levels, defines key transportation acronyms and jargon using both text and graphics. The toolkit also highlights engagement opportunities. The Toolkit can be found here and the Quick Guide here.

Updated Community Garden Policy Reference Guide

The Public Health Law Center recently announced the release of their new and improved Community Garden Policy Reference Guide. The guide is organized around the steps of creating a garden designed to help community gardeners, advocates, and policymakers navigate potential legal and policy issues related to community gardening.

USDA Professional Standards Training Database

USDA Professional Standards Training Database has over 500 low-cost or free trainings for school nutrition staff. This site allows school nutrition staff to search for training that meets their learning needs. Each listing contains information about the training, including how to access, developer, date, learning objectives covered, and more.

Vending Labeling Fact Sheet

The Center for Science in the Public Interest and Voices for Healthy Kids developed a fact sheet on vending labeling. This document includes the requirements of the national vending labeling law and information about healthier vending, including evaluations of initiatives, consumer demand, and the business case for offering healthier products. Share this fact sheet with participating worksites and other stakeholders to support healthier vending.

Video: How to Make More Money Selling Produce

The Oregon WIC Program released a new video to help smaller WIC authorized stores make more money selling produce while increasing the availability of fresh produce for WIC participants and the community. In the video, Joe Rossi of Rossi Farms, gives tips on how to boost profitability when you only have a small amount of space to sell produce.

What Does it Take to Build a Healthy Community?

This video highlights the importance of laws and policies to build communities that are healthy, equitable, and resilient. This Health in All Policies video emphasizes the importance of the environment for creating healthier communities.

Working on Wellness

This Worksite Wellness Program Toolkit was developed to provide a guide and tools for planning a Worksite Wellness Program.

Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit

The Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit highlights strategies that schools, families, and communities can use to support youth physical activity. The toolkit can be used by anyone who promotes youth physical activity, including community leaders; physical education and health education teachers; physical activity coordinators at the school, district, and state levels; and physical activity practitioners working in health or community-based organizations. The toolkit includes fact sheets, PowerPoint® presentations, and user guides.