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Physical Activity Evaluation Handbook 12/17/07

This 73-page handbook provides tools that State and local agencies and community-based organizations can use to evaluate physical activity programs. These tools are designed to help users demonstrate program outcomes and continuously improve physical activity promotion programs.

This handbook includes the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • Six steps for evaluating physical activity programs
    • Engage stakeholders
    • Describe or plan the program
    • Focus...
National Blueprint: Increasing Physical Activity Among Adults Age 50 and Older 12/17/07

This 21-page tool was developed to guide organizations, associations, and agencies in planning strategies to help people age 50 and older increase their physical activity.

This tool includes the following sections:

  • Executive summary
  • Section one
    • Background
    • Vision and guiding principles
    • A snapshot of America’s aging population
    • Types and benefits of physical activity
    • Demographic shifts
    • Chronic illness and the aging...
Healthy Weight: Resources for Families, Resources for Parents 12/17/07

This fact sheet presents several resources for eating healthy, maintaining a healthy weight, and being physically active, for the whole family and for children and adolescents.

This fact sheet includes the following sections:

  • Healthy eating
    • The best nutrition Web sites
    • Understanding portion sizes
    • Healthy restaurant choices
    • Menu planning for home-cooked meals and snacks
    • Free or low-cost...
Eat Better & Move More: A Guidebook for Community Programs 12/17/07

This 36-page guidebook, part of the You Can! Steps to Healthier Aging Campaign, will help community organizations increase the number of older people who stay active and healthy by implementing a simple 12-week nutrition and walking program.

The guidebook addresses the following topics:

  • Setting up your program
  • Week 1:
    • Eat better for health
    • Orientation and enrollment
  • Week 2:
    • Move more for health
    • Orientation to step...
Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity: State-based Physical Activity Program Directory 12/17/07

This Web site provides information about physical activity programs involving State departments of health. The site can be used to research programs, gather ideas, and share information.

This site includes the following sections:

  • Search by State for ongoing programs involving State departments of health (choose to display inventory of programs or profile of State department of health)
  • Search by keyword (search by program setting, target population, primary program...
Check Your Physical Activity & Heart Disease I.Q. 12/17/07
This interactive quiz allows users to test their knowledge about physical activity and heart disease. Each answer offers additional tips to help the user become more physically active.
KidsWalk-to-School: A Guide to Promote Walking to School 12/17/07

This guide teaches communities how to organize and implement the KidsWalk-to-School program, which aims to get children to walk and bicycle to and from school in groups accompanied by adults. This gives kids a chance to be more physically active, to practice safe pedestrian skills, and to learn more about their environment. At the same time, KidsWalk-to-School encourages people to change their neighborhoods for the better, working together, to make walking a safe and enjoyable part of...

School Health Index (SHI): A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide 12/17/07

The School Health Index (SHI) is a self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs. It is structured around the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s eight-component model of a coordinated school health program. The assessment tools are available in interactive online versions or as printable PDF files.

This Web site provides the following information:

  • Introduction: What can the SHI do for my school...
Finding Your Way to a Healthier You: Based on the "Dietary Guidelines for Americans" 12/17/07

This booklet presents science-based advice of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans .

It addresses the following topics:

  • Feeling better today; staying healthy for tomorrow
  • Making smart choices from every food group
  • Mixing up your choices within each food group
  • Finding your balance between food and physical activity
  • Getting the most nutrition out of your calories
  • Nutrition facts
  • Playing it safe with food...
Aim for a Healthy Weight--Information for Patients and the Public 12/17/07

This Web site contains guidelines from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to provide users with a new approach to the measurement of overweight and obesity and a variety of tools and materials for safe and effective weight loss.

The Web site includes the following major sections:

  • Key recommendations
  • Getting started
    • Part 1: Assessing your risk
      • Body mass index
      • Waist circumference
      • Other risk factors...

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