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Results for Physical Activity, (93)

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

Add Physical Activity to Classroom Website - other

Allow teachers to add 10 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity to the school day in addition to physical education classes. The TAKE10 Program is targeted at students in pre-school through 5th grade. ... | Read More

Bring Health Care to Low-Income Areas University

The 11th Street Family Health Services Center is a nurse managed clinic of Drexel University that serves Philadelphia's 11th Street Corridor - an area that encompasses several public housing tracts and suffers from limited access to affordable, quality health care services. The Center is centrally located within one of the Philadelphia Housing Authority's residential sites and has an Advisory Board comprised of neighborhood residents to ensure that the clinic is addressing the needs of the community. The clinic focuses on primary and preventive care and has recently added a Healthy Living Center, which provides programs to help patients reduce risk factors for diseases and to manage existing conditions. The Healthy Living Center programs include diabetes education, disease self-management programs, nutrition and cooking classes, exercise programs, and behavioral health groups. In addition, the Center serves as a training and education site for nurses and other health professionals in culturally competent, community-based care. The 11th Street Family Health Services Center is an excellent model of potential for partnerships between communities and medical institutions to improve the health and well-being of the community's most vulnerable residents. ... | 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

Convert Old Rail Corridors into Trails Advocacy Association

Convert out-of-service rail corridors into trails. Link parks, trails, and greenways to local destinations of interest to ensure that walking and bicycling trips are as convenient as using a car. In the Washington DC area,the Capital Crescent Trail was converted from an old rail road track into to a paved trail that is now used heavily for physical activities such as cycling, walking and jogging. ... | Read More

Create Interconnected Bike Paths Advocacy Association

Creating more bike/pedestrian friendly paths along roads, that are connected to places of interest will provide communities with an environment that encourages physical activity, and alternative methods of transportation. The City of Davis in California has created an extensive bicycle network and it is estimated that 25% of all trips are made on bicycle within the city compared to less than the national average of 1%. ... | Read More

Create a Chronic Disease Coalition Website - other

Create a statewide coalition like The Oklahoma Arthritis Network. Oklahoma has a coalition that informs people about arthritis and educates people about programs and resources to help manage the disease. The network works with the Arthritis Foundation to provide training workshops to educate people about the importance of physical activity and weight control in relation to arthritis pain relief. ... | Read More

Create a Health Promoting Environment Advocacy Association

Create a policy that encourages the creation of community gardens, the sale of locally-grown food and the existence of more bicycle routes and side walks. ... | Read More

Create a Plan for Obesity Prevention Government - non-federal

The New York State Department of Health created a New York State Strategic Plan for Overweight and Obesity Prevention. The Plan is the product of a broad collaborative effort to identify strategies to promote and increase opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating to prevent and to reduce overweight and obesity across the age span. ... | Read More

Create Alternative Commuter Options Advocacy Association

Chapel Hill has created a Commuter Alternative Program to discourage people from driving to and from campus which increases daily physical activity and reduces traffic congestion on UNC's Campus. University employees and students who use alternate modes of transportation (transit, park-and-ride, bicycling, walking, car/vanpooling) instead of driving a single occupancy vehicle to campus are rewarded. Benefits include free park-and-ride decals, occasional use permits for restricted university parking areas, emergency rides home, discount cards for use at local stores, and entry into monthly prize drawings. ... | 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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