Welcome to the Action Strategies Toolkit
The policy options and resources within the Leadership for Healthy Communities Action Strategies Toolkit represent a collection of current best approaches that have been identified, evaluated and selected by Leadership for Healthy Communities and the policy-maker organizations that have participated in the program.
The Action Strategies Toolkit contains policy and program strategies in the following 10 action areas related to active living and healthy eating:
- Active Transportation
- Land Use for Active Living
- Open Spaces, Parks and Recreation
- Quality Physical Activity In and Near Schools
- Safety and Crime Prevention
- Quality Nutrition in Schools
- Supermarkets and Healthy Food Vendors
- Farm-Fresh Local Foods
- Food and Beverage Marketing
Most of the policy options were reviewed based on a scan of more than 100 research articles that linked specific policy actions to positive outcomes in healthy eating and physical activity behaviors, with a focus on research in vulnerable communities. In addition, recognizing that states and municipalities are offering new and innovative solutions to childhood obesity prevention on a continuous basis, we also have included promising practices that Leadership for Healthy Communities and its program grantees believe to be important approaches to childhood obesity prevention.
Each section includes targeted strategies, stakeholders, policy and program options, directions on how to start programs, resources that can help inform the process, and examples of how other states and localities have achieved progress.