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Health Impact Assessment: A Practical Guide 06/22/12

This guide for community leaders and policymakers provides a practical approach to undertaking Health Impact Assessment (HIA). HIA helps ensure that planning projects, plans, programs, and policies contribute to the health of the community and do not have unanticipated negative impacts on health.

This guide focuses on established steps or stages of HIA: screening, scoping, identification, assessment, decisionmaking and recommendations, and evaluation and followup.

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2011 National Healthcare Quality Report 05/21/12

The key function of the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is to summarize the state of health care quality and access for the nation and report on progress and opportunities for improving health care quality, as mandated by the U.S. Congress. This report measures trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient-centeredness, and efficiency of care.

The 2011 report presents expanded analyses of care received by older Americans. It also...

BodyWorks—A Toolkit for Healthy Teens and Strong Families 05/09/12

BodyWorks is a program designed to help parents and caregivers of adolescents improve family eating and activity habits. The program focuses on parents as role models and provides them with hands-on tools to make small, specific behavior changes to prevent obesity and help maintain a healthy weight.

The BodyWorks program uses a train-the-trainer model to distribute the toolkit through community-based organizations, state health agencies, nonprofit organizations, health clinics,...

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) Connection Resource Library: Click n' Go Education Materials 04/02/12

The SNAP-Ed Connection is a dynamic online resource center for State and local SNAP-Ed Providers. It provides information on valuable training and continuing education resources for educators and facilitates access to educational materials developed specifically for SNAP participants and eligibles.

This section of the SNAP-Ed Connection Resource Library contains materials that can be downloaded and printed to help provide quality nutrition education for low-income audiences....

My Life Check 03/13/12

This online assessment tool can help consumers learn the state of their heart and what they can do to live a better life. The tool uses information such as blood pressure, smoking status, diet, and physical activity to determine the user’s current heart score. It also provides a customized action plan to help users improve their score and reach their ideal cardiovascular health.

MOVE!® Weight Management Program 08/17/11

MOVE! is a national weight management program designed by the Veterans Health Affairs (VHA) National Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention to help veterans lose weight, keep it off, and improve their health.

This Web site contains information about the MOVE! program for veterans and health professionals, and includes program handouts, success stories, healthy living messages, and other resources.

Only veterans receiving care in the Veterans Affairs (...

Resource Guide for Health Care Professionals Interested in Advocating for Children's Health 07/21/11

This guide is designed to assist health care professionals to take a stand in their communities and workplaces to advocate for healthy eating and active living for children and their families. The guide has the following resources to support health care professionals in their work outside of the office, including:

  • A snapshot of the obesity epidemic and how it is impacting children
  • A “how-to” for advocacy at community, State, and national levels
  • Strategies...
Community Health Assessment aNd Group Evaluation (CHANGE): Building a Foundation of Knowledge to Prioritize Community Needs 07/21/11

Community Health Assessment aNd Group Evaluation (CHANGE) is a data collection tool and
planning resource for community members who want to improve the health of their community. This tool walks community team members through the assessment process and helps define and prioritize possible areas of improvement.

To use the CHANGE tool, an Action Guide is provided, which walks through the step-by-step process for completing the tool. In addition, this Action Guide provides resources...

PreventObesity.net 06/21/11

This Web site, for community leaders and organizers, helps build on the movement to reverse childhood obesity. The Web site connects individuals working to change policies and environments to help children and families eat well and move more, especially in communities at highest risk for obesity. It provides tools to help people organize more easily, more powerfully and with greater reach and awareness.

Free registration is required to gain full access to all of the tools and...

Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Cities Campaign Toolkit 06/21/11

The Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Cities Campaign is a partnership between the League of California Cities and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy. The program provides training and technical assistance to help city officials adopt policies that improve their communities’ physical activity and retail food environments.

The HEAL Cities Campaign toolkit contains six fact sheets and includes sample policies that can be adapted by cities in other states:

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