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Add Healthy Heart Program to Classroom Advocacy Association

Implement activities into lesson plans that teach children how to maintain a healthy heart. Teaching children about choices from a young age may prevent chronic disease in the future. ... | Read More

Assist Students Who Want to Quit Smoking Government - non-federal

School Staff in Suffolk county are trained to provide cessation programs for students who smoke. ... | Read More

Ban Smoking in Parks Published literature

A number of places including New York City, have made it illegal to smoke in parks, beaches and malls. This is an attempt to reduce exposure to second hand smoke. It will also decrease youth exposure to smoking, which may reinforce that smoking is not an acceptable habit. ... | Read More

Break Free from Smoking Advocacy Association

Freedom from Smoking is a program designed by the American Lung Association that has been helping adults who are ready to quit smoking since 1981. Most people know that smoking is bad for their health, so the program's main focus is on how to quit because participants often have their own reasons for wanting to quit. Freedom from smoking is a group clinic taught by an ALA trained facilitator that meets for eight sessions. They also offer a web-based program available 24 -7. Participants benefit from the support of their peers and the classes review the latest research on the variety nicotine replacement therapies, such as gums and patches, as well as other smoking cessation medications. Each clinic session uses well tested methods aimed at helping smokers gain control over their behavior. In addition to the clinic, ALA has a workbook-style Freedom from Smoking self-help manual that can provide additional reinforcement, motivation and information that might help smokers interested in quitting on their journey. To find local clinics, interested parties can call the ALA, and employers or community organizations can also arrange to host a clinic to promote the health of their staff or members. ... | Read More

Build a Coalition to Address Tobacco Use Government - Federal

This user guide focuses on the critical role coalitions play in a comprehensive tobacco control program. According to Best Practices, communities need to work toward transforming the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of users and nonusers by changing the way tobacco is promoted, sold, and used. ... | Read More

Call a Quit Line for Support University

Quitline Iowa provides a toll free number where Iowans can get support to stop smoking from a trained coach. Quitline Iowa is a service provided by the Iowa Tobacco Research Center, part of the Department of Community and Behavioral Health in the UI College of Public Health, and is funded by the Iowa Department of Public Health with funds from the state's tobacco settlement. ... | Read More

Complete a Health Check & Action Plan Advocacy Association

Take this 5 minute health assessment offered from the American Cancer Society and receive a personalized action plan that you can take to your doctor. This action plan is a great way to initiate a conversation about your health with your doctor. ... | Read More

Create a Health Index for your State Website - other

MaineHealth created The Health Index Program to measure the progress in improving the health status of the people who reside in the 11 counties of the MaineHealth service area. The Index tracks progress on six key priorities that are linked to community health status:tobacco use, obesity, childhood immunizations, preventable hospitalizations, cancer deaths, and cardiovascular deaths. The Health Index has become a strategic framework for developing and evaluating the impact of initiatives across the system, including targeted activities such as colorectal cancer screenings for low income patients as well as cost cutting initiatives, such as implementation of electronic medical records that produce accurate immunization reports. ... | Read More

Create a Smoke Free Workplace Advocacy Association

Smoking in the workplace is associated with higher worker absenteeism due to respiratory infections. Smoke free workplace policies decrease an employer's legal liability, creates a safe working environment, and improves workers health. An effective policy should engage employees and workers' organizations in planning and implementation of the policy. Once the policy is in place, it should be clearly communicated to all employees and posted in writing. A comprehensive smoke free workplace policy should include offering proven tobacco-use treatment benefits through employee health plans and make sure that these benefits are also available to dependents. Employers should also connect tobacco users with community quit resources. The Centers for Disease Control provide an easy to use toolkit for any employer interested in starting a smoke free workplace ... | Read More

Create a Smokefree Workplace Policy Advocacy Association

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. Businesses can benefit by understanding the serious impact of tobacco in the workplace and by implementing programs and policies to support a healthier workforce. Healthier workers are more productive workers, and it is clear that non-smokers are healthier workers. ... | Read More


People everywhere are taking action – and they’re making a difference. From developing better eating and exercise habits to encouraging others to quit smoking, folks all across the nation are banding together to help make this country healthy. Read these three stories of success and find your inspiration to improve the health of your community.

Healthy Minnesota 2020

State seal of MinesotaThe Minnesota Department of Health has dynamically utilized America’s Health Rankings to build successful partnerships and action plans to improve health outcomes in their state.

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Live Well STL

Mary Jo Condon updates the progress of the Live Well STL initiative.  With support from United Health Foundation and the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH), the St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition and the Midwest Health Initiative, developed Live Well STL to support St. Louis area residents in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

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Now in its fourth year, the MaineHealth Health Index Initiative was launched in 2009-10 with the two-fold aim of: 1) Engaging MaineHealth, Maine’s largest integrated health system, and its partners to use health data to inform needs and opportunities to improve the health of the nearly 1.0 million people in the 11 counties served by the MaineHealth system, and 2) Monitor improvements made in health status over time

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